Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Lenten Devotionals - Mark 12:13-40


Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong passage tonight.

The Pharisees try to cause Jesus to give a bad answer, and He doesn't falter. The laws are all different--laws about money (and local government), laws about family, and laws about God. And Jesus always gets it right.

See, here I always think that testing God is wrong. The Pharisees aren't doing it right. But then, didn't Jesus test the disciples? So what is it? I mean, Jesus does answer these test, and I think they are all important answers. We often refer about how we are to give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to love our neighbours as ourselves. Those answers are actually really important.

And they also show that the old law is gone. We're entering a new covenant, a new way to live with God. So maybe Jesus isn't upset about the questioning as much here. I mean, He doesn't like the lack or trust or that the Pharisees are trying to trap Him. I think the ending, where He mentions condemnation for the scirbes and hypocrites, is a clear grumpiness with the Pharisees. So it's still not good, to test.

Gah. Today has been a crazy day, and my brain is mushy. That's all I can think of now. Nighty night.

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