Mark Part LIV - Not far from the Kingdom (12:28-40)

Date: 8/30/2009
Topic: Bible Mark
Price: FREE
Today, a scribe encounters Jesus. No doubt poisoned by rumors circulating about Jesus, he is initially intent to undermine Jesus’ credibility. However, as Jesus answers his question, he finds himself astonished by His teaching. Following his appreciative reply to Jesus’ words, Jesus endeavors to lead this scribe from a position near the Kingdom into the Kingdom itself. Consequently, Jesus asks His own question and delivers a warning about the scribes. Behind His question and His warning seems to be the goal of pushing the scribe and others to understand the implication of the commandments in the Messianic age: what will it mean to love the Lord and to love one’s neighbor now that Messiah has come?
Stuart W. Bryan Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.