• The Parable of the Tenants

    Mark 12:1–9

    The parable of the tenants was a prophecy to its original hearers of the death of Christ, but it also shows us how much unredeemed people hate God. As Dr. R.C. Sproul points out in his commentary Mark, that ...Read More

  • The Rejected Cornerstone

    Mark 12:10–12

    It is easy for us to be discouraged when we see the enemies of God seem to prevail against us and against the church. But the parable of the tenants, as well as many other biblical passages, tells us that ...Read More

  • Giving God and Government Their Due

    Mark 12:13–17

    That Caesar has things that belong to him does not mean that he has a right to everything that he claims for himself. Believers give to God the things that are God’s, and what belongs to Him is supreme authority ...Read More

  • The Sadducees Ask About Marriage

    Mark 12:18–24

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage, “Since God makes known His will clearly in the Scriptures, the want of acquaintance with them is the source and cause of all errors.” If we are going to know the truth, we ...Read More

  • The God of the Living

    Mark 12:25–27

    Scripture refers to the Lord as the “living God” (Deut. 5:26) not only because He is the only God who is alive—the other gods being dead because they do not truly exist as gods—but also because He ...Read More

  • The Greatest Commandments

    Mark 12:28–31

    Dr. R.C. Sproul also writes in his Mark commentary, “We do not really progress in the Christian life until we understand that we are to love God simply because He is lovely and wonderful, worthy of every creature’s unqualified ...Read More

  • Close to the Kingdom of God

    Mark 12:32–34

    In our day, many people will not preach the law of God because they believe news of God’s judgment creates a barrier to people’s entering the kingdom. Yet Jesus Himself shows us that we cannot come close to the kingdom ...Read More

  • David’s Prophecy of Christ

    Mark 12:35–37

    The church’s confession that Jesus is both truly God and truly man goes right back to the self-understanding of the Lord Himself. He proclaimed His humanity and deity; therefore, so must we. We are not preaching the whole Christ unless ...Read More

  • Religious Men Who Prey on the Needy

    Mark 12:38–40

    None of us fully lives up to God’s standards, but we are not hypocrites for trying. We are hypocrites only when we pretend to be holier than we are, when we present ourselves as humble when in fact our hearts ...Read More

  • The Widow’s Sacrificial Contribution

    Mark 12:41–44

    In his commentary Mark, Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “God is not so much concerned with what we give as how we give.” Above all, the Lord is looking at our hearts, and He esteems those who have hearts ...Read More