Mark 12 – 13 1113
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbor as yourself . There is no commandment greater than these .
Mark 12:30 – 31
‘ Love your neigh bor as your self .’ a There is no com mand ment great er than these .”
32 “ Well said , teach er ,” the man re plied .
“ You are right in say ing that God is one and there is no oth er but him . 33 To love him with all your heart , with all your under stand ing and with all your strength , and to love your neigh bor as your self is more im por tant than all burnt of fer ings and sac ri fic es .”
34 When Jesus saw that he had an swered
wise ly , he said to him , “ You are not far from the king dom of God .” And from then on no one dared ask him any more ques tions .
Whose Son Is the Messiah ?
35 While Jesus was teach ing in the temple courts , he asked , “ Why do the teach ers of the law say that the Mes si ah is the son of Da vid ? 36 Da vid him self , speak ing by the Holy Spir it , de clared :
“ ‘ The Lord said to my Lord : “ Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet .” ’ b
37 Da vid him self calls him ‘ Lord .’ How then
can he be his son ?” The large crowd lis tened to him with delight . a gogues and the plac es of hon or at banquets . 40 They de vour wid ows ’ hous es and for a show make lengthy prayers . These men will be pun ished most se vere ly .”
The Widow ’ s Offering
41 Jesus sat down op po site the place
where the of fer ings were put and watched the crowd put ting their mon ey into the tem ple trea sury . Many rich peo ple threw in large amounts . 42 But a poor wid ow came and put in two very small cop per coins , worth only a few cents .
43 Call ing his dis ci ples to him , Jesus said ,
“ Tru ly I tell you , this poor wid ow has put more into the trea sury than all the oth ers .
44 They all gave out of their wealth ; but she ,
out of her pov er ty , put in ev ery thing — all she had to live on .”
The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times
As Jesus was leav ing the tem ple , one of his dis ci ples said to him , “ Look , Teach er ! What mas sive stones ! What magnif i cent build ings !”
2 “ Do you see all these great build ings ?”
re plied Jesus . “ Not one stone here will be left on an oth er ; ev ery one will be thrown down .”
3 As Jesus was sit ting on the Mount of
Ol ives op po site the tem ple , Pe ter , James , John and An drew asked him pri vate ly ,
4 “ Tell us , when will these things hap pen ?
And what will be the sign that they are all about to be ful filled ?”
5 Jesus said to them : “ Watch out that no
one de ceives you . 6 Many will come in my name , claim ing , ‘ I am he ,’ and will de ceive many . 7 When you hear of wars and ru mors of wars , do not be alarmed . Such things must hap pen , but the end is still to come .
8 Na tion will rise against na tion , and kingdom against king dom . There will be earthquakes in var i ous plac es , and fam ines . These are the be gin ning of birth pains .
9 “ You must be on your guard . You will
be hand ed over to the lo cal coun cils and flogged in the syn a gogues . On ac count of me you will stand be fore gov er nors and kings as wit ness es to them . 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all na tions .
Warning Against the Teachers of the Law
38 As he taught , Jesus said , “ Watch out
for the teach ers of the law . They like to walk around in flow ing robes and be greeted with re spect in the mar ket plac es , 39 and have the most im por tant seats in the syn-
a 31 Lev . 19:18
b 36 Psalm 110:1