Improve your sermon prep with our brand new study tools! Learn all about them here.
Sermons

Summary: The Widows Mite. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

  Study Tools

Reading: Mark 12:38-44.

This chapter closes with two warnings from the Lord:

• A warning against the pride of the teachers of the law or Scribes (Mark 12:38-40)

• And a warning against the pride of the rich (vv. 41-44).

Quote C.S. Lewis:

“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you”.

• The teachers of the law or Scribes, whichever name you prefer to call them,

• Where a very, very proud religious group of people.

ill:

Raynald III was a fourteenth-century duke of what is now Belgium.

• He was grossly overweight and called Crassus, the Latin for fat.

• One day in battle, Edward, his younger brother, Captured him and put him in the Nieuwkerk castle.

• The room was not a cell but a room with a normal door and windows.

• None of them was locked. But Raynald was too fat to get through the door.

• Knowing his weakness, each day his brother sent Raynald;

• A variety of delicious and fattening foods.

• Instead of dieting so he could get out, he got fatter and fatter.

• He was a prisoner of his own appetite.

The teachers of the law were prisoners of there own appetite ‘Pride’:

• Quote: “There is no room for God in him who is full of himself”

• They were always looking down on things and people; and of course,

• As long as they were looking down, they had lost the reality of the God above.

Two warnings:

• A warning against the pride of the teachers of the law (Mark 12:38-40)

• And a warning against the pride of the rich (vv. 41-44).

Ill:

Three small boys were bragging about their dads:

• The first boy said, "All my dad has to do is write a few short lines on paper, calls it a poem, sends it away, and gets ten pounds for it."

• The second boy said, "All my dad has to do is make dots on paper, calls it a song, sends it away, and gets twenty-five pounds for it."

• "That's nothing," declared the third boy. "My father the minister, all he does is say a few words, i.e. pray, and it takes four men to bring in all the money!"

Quote:

“You can blot out the sun if you hold a coin close to your enough to your eye”.

(spiritual parallel there as well).

So this chapter closes with two warnings from the Lord:

• A warning against the pride of the teachers of the law (Mark 12:38-40)

• And against the pride of the rich (vv. 41-44).

The teachers of the Law or scribes (word is interchangeable):

• Were experts in the religious law.

• They were in the time of Jesus the public teachers of the people.

They originated the synagogue services:

• They claimed their oral traditions (i.e. legal decisions),

• To be more important than the written law (5 books of Moses)

• They were also lawyers for the Sanhedrin, hence the name; ‘the teachers of the law’.

• Which was the highest Jewish religious Council which met in Jerusalem.


Browse All Media

Related Media


Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion