Day 64 (Thurs, Oct 16, 2014)

Religious Leaders Challenge Jesus

49 total verses: Matthew 22:23-40; Mark 12:18-34; Luke 20:27-40

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

256. Sadducees question the resurrection in Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40
257. Scribes and Pharisees question Jesus in Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40. The Sadducees, who do not believe in a resurrection, came to test Jesus with what they considered to be a theological problem if there were a resurrection. Seven brothers consecutively married the same woman, with the eldest brother dying before the next eldest married her. They asked Jesus whose wife she would be in heaven. Jesus replied that in heaven, people will be like angels, and they won’t marry. But then he totally refuted the Sadducees by quoting a passage from the writings of Moses that said that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And that God is the God of the living, not the dead.

Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34. After the Sadducees struck out, the Pharisees decided to try. It was a lawyer (Matthew) or a scribe (Mark) — probably the same person, with a different emphasis in each Gospel writer’s account. The question asked of Jesus was what the greatest commandment was. And his reply in brief was to love God with all you heart and love your neighbor as yourself. And when the scribe not only agreed with Jesus but expanded upon what Jesus said, Jesus replied that the scribe was not far from the kingdom of God.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

I choose Mark 12:30-31 as my favorite: “‘”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.” The second is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these”‘” (ESV). I think that the reason I like this passage is that I always like boiling down long or complicated things to their essence, because it helps me focus. And Jesus does that here — he helps me focus on what is important: loving God with my whole heart, and loving people as myself.

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