Mark Chapter 12

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Parable about the owner of a vineyard whose servants are abused, and whose son is killed by the tenants. Render unto Caesar those things that are Caesar’s. Sadducees ask who a wife will belong to if she married seven men who die in turn. When people rise from the dead, they neither marry not are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Asked what is the greatest commandment, Jesus recites the shema and talks of loving one’s neighbor as oneself. The scribe replies that these things are more important than burnt offerings and sacrifices, whereupon Jesus replies admiringly that he is not far from the kingdom of God. Citing a psalm, Jesus says that the Christ is the Lord of David, rather than his son. Beware of the scribes, who love being honoured. Jesus praises a poor widow whose small contribution to the treasury is nonetheless a great sacrifice.