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“Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”

May 26, 2024   /   Crossroads Church

  1. Question of :  Mark 11:27 – 12:12
    • Who asked the question: Chief , scribes & asked Jesus a question
    • What was the question: “By what are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” Mark 11:28
    • Jesus’ Response: Was the of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” Mark 11:30
    • Reaction: They were
    • Jesus’ Comeback: “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” Mark 11:33

  1. Question of :  Mark 12:13-17
    • Who asked the question: Pharisees and asked Jesus a question
    • What was the question: Is it to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” Mark 12:14
    • Jesus’ Response: “Why put me to the ? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” Mark 12:15
    • Reaction: They brought Jesus .
    • Jesus’ Comeback: to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him. Mark 12:17

  1. Question of : Mark 12:18-27
    • Who asked the question: Sadducees asked Jesus a question
    • What was the question: In the , when they rise again, whose wife will she be? Mark 12:23
    • Jesus’ Response: “Is this not the reason , because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? Mark 12:24
    • Reaction: None given

  1. Question of : Mark 12:28-34
    • Who asked the question:  asked Jesus a question
    • What was the question: “Which commandment is the of all?” Mark 12:28
    • Jesus’ Response: Jesus answered, “The is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31  The is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31
    • Reaction: Scribe Jesus
    • Jesus’ Comeback: “You are from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. Mark 12:34


  1. Question of : Mark 12: 35-37
    • Who asked the question: poses the question as He taught in the temple
    • What was the question: “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the ? Mark 12:35
    • Jesus then David from Psalm 110:1: David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ Mark 12:36
    • Jesus explains the logic of Scripture: David himself calls him Lord. So how is he ?” Mark 12:37
    • Crowd’s Response: And the great throng heard him . Mark 12:37

 Pharisees: the group most mentioned in the gospel accounts

  • were mostly laymen who sought to have influence among the rulers and the people.
  • They believed in strict observance of laws and traditions, and in the resurrection of the dead.

Sadducees: political and religious rivals of the Pharisees. 

  • more influential than Pharisees, closer to the wealthy ruling elites.
  • Their beliefs:
    • they denied life after death, and thus resurrection
    • their aspirations differed from the Pharisees,
    • but that didn’t stop them from joining forces with them against Jesus.

Herodians members of a Jewish sect who were loyal to King Herod and the Pharisees in opposing Jesus

  • only mentioned three times in the gospels
  • always in the company of the Pharisees either trying to entrap or kill Jesus.
  • They gave the impression of being faithful to Herod

 High Priests held the highest religious position.

  • He was the presiding officer in the Sanhedrin.
  • The Sanhedrin served as a court of Jewish law
  • Caiaphas held that position in the time of Jesus and, in cooperation with the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, had Jesus put to death.

Priests were the religious and social leaders of the people.

  • they would challenge Jesus’ authority

Scribes were more a profession than a group of people.

  • They interpreted Jewish law and most of their duties involved writing legal documents.
  • They were the “lawyers”
  • Generally, Scribes were opposed to Jesus and wanted him dead


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