A Week that Changed The World (4) (Mark 12:28-44)

Phillip Fayers, 15th March 2015
Part of the A week that changed the world series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

The greatest two commandments - Love God with all we have and our neighbour as ourselves. Our love for God is demonstrated by our actions towards others.
This passage is the transition between Jesus' public ministry and his private ministry to his disciples before his crucifixion.
Jesus warns us about people who are more concerned with appearance and status than about God's view of them.
The teacher of the Law we encounter in the passage is different:
1. He recognised that Jesus had given a 'good answer'.
2. He acknowledged Jesus as a teacher.
3. He asked a genuine question.
4. He read more into the answer than Jesus gave, recognising there was something more important than the letter of the law.

The only one who noticed what the widow gave (all she had) was the One whose opinion truly matters.

Love is the command, the law tells us how.
We are called to love, not like.
Altruism - the Good Samaritan thought 'If I don't stop, what bad thing will happen to him (the man left for dead).
Love is a community thing.

Tags: Mark; The last week of Jesus' life

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Mark 12:28–44 (Listen)

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important 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 second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 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.”’

37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.

38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”


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