Jesus Speaks against Religious Leaders
59 total verses: Matthew 22:41-46; 23:1-39; Mark 12:35-40; Luke 20:41-47
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258. Jesus questions them about baptism in Matthew 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44
259. Warnings about Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23:1-39; Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47
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
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Matthew 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44. Jesus asks the Pharisees and others a question which is too difficult for them to answer, but which has the additional effect that no one would ask him any more questions. The questions was about how King David could call the Messiah his son and his Lord at the same time.
Matthew 23:1-39; Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47. The Matthew account, in particular, is a long indictment of how the Pharisees and teachers of the Law had totally misunderstood God so that they were not going to enter the Kingdom of God, nor were any of their converts or followers. Jesus said that they look good on the outside, but on the inside they are dead.
My favorite passage and other random thoughts
My verses for this lesson are from Matthew 23:23-24 “‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.  You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel'” (NIV). I like them because they point to the importance of treating others well, even pointing to comments on society, and rebuked legalism, yet at the same time affirmed the importance of tithing.