questioning Jesus, Mark 12 – the kingdom questioned

31 Aug

We are half thru Mark 12 and today I would like to answer the question: what is Jesus’ kingdom, temple teaching?

Mark 12 describes a day of Jesus’ Temple teaching, perhaps the first day after he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, after he emptied the Temple of the money changers.

Jesus is approached by first the people; ( including the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders ) then, the Pharisees and Herodians; and now, the Sadducees,

Then the Sadducees,who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.19 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. 21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. 22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”

24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

Jesus is teaching all this, -his first full day in the Temple,-he is teaching on the kingdom of God.

It is a kingdom of the living, not the dead. It is a kingdom that gives to the authorities , to Caesars, the coins they imprint, not our hearts and souls. It is a vineyard, a loved card for land,

It is not a place we bring our earthly life, our marriage. It is not a government that divides and enriches the poor from the rich. It is not a land we own, but talents and treasures we are stewards over.

Jesus this first day teaches on eternal days. His answer to all: love the kingdom as our Lord lives you. With all.

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