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October 22, 2017

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Reading along with us in Mark? Here’s today’s reading:

Mark 12 (ESV)

And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
11 this was the Lord’s doing,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”...Continue Reading

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  1. 26And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27He is not God of the dead, but of the living.

  2. What an accurate yet sad picture Jesus gives of the Jews treatment of the prophets God sent them. It is hard to have a mirror held up to us and be forced to look at ourselves. But our response is key. Do we defend ourselves and not accept the correction or embrace it and seek God’s grace, mercy and power to be more like the person God wants us to be? The leaders of Israel, in the face of all that Jesus has revealed about Himself, take the first option and look for ways to arrest and silence Him. They also try to trick Him with questions that will throw Him off and make Him look bad. But His wisdom defies them and shows Himself to be even better than what they thought.

    And the greatest commandment makes me stop and think. And you? Love the Lord your God with every fiber of your being and your neighbor as yourself is the summation of everything. And it sets the standards of God in the context of relationship and not just rules. How this reveals the heart of God as well as our own heart.

    And the widows giving is a great lesson. It is not the amount that counts but the level of faith and sacrifice.

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