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Mark 12 - NIV

The Parable of the Tenants

1 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.

2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.

3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed.

4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully.

5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.

6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’

8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.

10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:

“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;

11 the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’[a] ?”

12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words.

14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax[b] to Caesar or not?

15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”
But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.”

16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.

17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
And they were amazed at him.

Marriage at the Resurrection

18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.

19 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.

20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children.

21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third.

22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too.

23 At the resurrection[c] whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”

24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?

25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[d] ?

27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

The Greatest Commandment

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e]

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f]

31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.

33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David?

36 David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared:

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet.”?’[h]

37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”
The large crowd listened to him with delight.

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,

39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.

40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.

42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.

44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”


a. Mark 12:11 Psalm 118:22,23
b. Mark 12:14 A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens
c. Mark 12:23 Some manuscripts resurrection, when people rise from the dead,
d. Mark 12:26 Exodus 3:6
e. Mark 12:29 Or The Lord our God is one Lord
f. Mark 12:30 Deut. 6:4,5
g. Mark 12:31 Lev. 19:18
h. Mark 12:36 Psalm 110:1

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Scripture: Mark 12:28-34
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Shared by: GARY ELLER on Jan, 2017
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Scripture: Mark 12:28-31
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Gordon McCulloch avatar
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Shared by: Gordon McCulloch on Nov, 2016
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Shared by: Lynn Malone on Nov, 2016
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David Owens avatar
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Shared by: David Owens on Sep, 2016
Summary: In this sermon, I discuss a simple vision statement for our church.
Scripture: Mark 12:28-31
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John Gaston avatar
Shared by: John Gaston on Aug, 2016
Summary: Passion for God is the fulfillment of the greatest commandment. It's the requirement of discipleship. It convinces the lost that God is really real and worth serving. It's the heart of David. We must have passion for God!
Scripture: Mark 12:28-34
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Views: 312
Bryan Beverly avatar
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Shared by: Bryan Beverly on Aug, 2016
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Shared by: Gordon Curley on Jul, 2016
Summary: TRANSFORMED – How God Changes Us Relational Health – Mark chapter 12 verses 29-30 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info
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Scripture: Mark 12:29-30
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Shared by: Gordon Curley on Jun, 2016
Summary: TRANSFORMED – How God Changes Us Emotional Health – Mark chapter 12 verses 29-30 - sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info
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Scripture: Mark 12:29-30
Denomination: Brethren
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W Pat Cunningham avatar
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Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on May, 2016
Summary: Every person is worthy of our giving.
Scripture: Mark 12:28-34
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John Lowe avatar
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Shared by: John Lowe on Mar, 2016
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Roger Roark avatar
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Shared by: Roger Roark on Mar, 2016
Summary: Impressing God with our daily living
Scripture: Mark 12:28-31
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David Radcliff avatar
Shared by: David Radcliff on Mar, 2016
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Scripture: Mark 12:28-31
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Views: 94
Kevin Ruffcorn avatar
Total Commitment
Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Mar, 2016
Summary: Jesus summarizes the law in the Great Commandment, the scribes seek honor, and a poor widow gives all.
Series: Lent
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Views: 385
Kevin Ruffcorn avatar
Robbing God
Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Mar, 2016
Summary: Jesus shares the Parable of the wicked servant.
Series: Lent
Scripture: Mark 12:1-12
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Views: 836
Kenneth Sowers avatar
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Shared by: Kenneth Sowers on Feb, 2016
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Jan, 2016
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John Gaston avatar
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Shared by: John Gaston on Jan, 2016
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Scripture: Mark 12:30
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Views: 2,178
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Jan, 2016
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Jan, 2016
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Jan, 2016
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Dan Raymond avatar
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Shared by: Dan Raymond on Dec, 2015
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Shared by: Derrick Tuper on Nov, 2015
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Shared by: Lynn Malone on Nov, 2015
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Shared by: Monty Newton on Nov, 2015
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Ernie Arnold avatar
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Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Nov, 2015
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Clair Sauer avatar
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Shared by: Clair Sauer on Nov, 2015
Summary: The world teaches us to seek after power and prestige, as the Scribes do, but Christ teaches us a different way to live.
Scripture: Mark 12:38-44
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Views: 1,063
Dave McFadden avatar
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Shared by: Dave McFadden on Nov, 2015
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Shared by: Mike Dankson on Oct, 2015
Summary: This sermon is designed to help people consider the true meaning of Worship and to view their own "worship" through the prism of scripture and the example of the widow's gift
Scripture: Mark 12:41-44
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Views: 590
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Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Oct, 2015
Summary: It is possible to be very near the Kingdom of Heaven and yet never step into the Kingdom of Heaven.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Mark 12:28-34
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,394