^b 41 And he sat down over against the treasury [It is said that in the court of the women there were cloisters or porticos, and under the shelter of these were placed thirteen chests with trumpet-shaped mouths into which offerings might be dropped. (a) Our Lord here places Himself in, 'And He began to speak unto them by parables. 35And Jesus began to say, as He taught in the temple, How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel, 'Having yet therefore one son, his well-beloved, he sent him also last unto them.' 14They came and said to Him, Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Mark 12 . Parable of the Vine-growers 1 And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT, AND DUG A VAT UNDER THE WINE PRESS AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. So given the immediate context, I surmised the only passable new tenants would be the Pharisees. In the context of Mark 12, Jesus is dealing entirely in his own religion of first century second temple Judaism. The answer of the scribe, which our blessed Lord here commends, was occasioned by Christ's setting before him the two great commandments of the Law. And as there is one God, so there is one religion and one happiness for all men. This is a special case of a man who appears to have fully discerned the spirituality and inwardness of law, and to have felt that the one bond between God and man was love. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? The Son who follows and surpasses the servants. This is a special case of a man who appears to have fully discerned the spirituality and inwardness of law, and to have felt that the one bond between God and man was love. 1. 6. This command, which deals with God the Almighty must ever take precedence of every other. Indeed, in another sense, as the Apostle observes, "there are gods many, and lords many." This command, which deals with God the Almighty must ever take precedence of every other. Mark 12:1-12 is not strictly an interrogation story, although it does display the hostility between Jesus and the Jerusalem leadership seen in those stories. All the heathen nations had their gods; and many, whole shoals of them. Mark 12:32. --Miracles vindicated. 12And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. All rights reserved. Mark 11 Mark 13 Chapter 12. Now, it will sometimes happen that a man is thrust forward by others to do what he would never have thought of, It is "the first commandment," again, not only for antiquity, but for dignity. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. ^b 41 And he sat down over against the treasury [It is said that in the court of the women there were cloisters or porticos, and under the shelter of these were placed thirteen chests with trumpet-shaped mouths into which offerings might be dropped. God never intended there should be any more; and it is not possible there should. Instead, it takes the familiar form of a parable, in this case, an agrarian tale with a violent twist. Peace, James Other commandments deal with man and man, but this with man and his Creator. Mark 12:1 Context. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. He needed only to have followed out the former thought to have been smitten by the conviction of his own sinfulness, and …Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture, The Marvels of Holy Scripture, --Moral and Physical. 4Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. 21The second one married her, and died leaving behind no children; and the third likewise; 22and so all seven left no children. Here is Christ's recognition of the low beginnings of goodness and faith. And generally, the more polished they were, the more gods they heaped up to themselves. They did not send the old Pharisees whom Jesus had often met, but young men, who were ardent and zealous, and whom, they thought, Christ, It was the last day of Christ's teaching in the temple.