Mark 12d Notes

Mark12d (vs38-44)                          Notes



38   And in His teaching He said, "Beware of the scribes,


A   great day of teaching in the temple. A compelling warning issued to the crowd   against the official teachers of the law.


who   like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces


gladly   inclined, delightfully disposed to 1) appear in fancy clothing & 2) be   treated to dignified salutations


39   and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts.


3)   special seating in religious gatherings reserved for the ostensibly pious   & 4) high ranking spots in public dinning.


40   who devour widows houses


took   the estate of hapless widows by deception into the temple treasury


and   for a pretense make long prayers.


engage   in shows of lengthy petitions with motive of gaining notice as being pious


They   will receive the greater condemnation."


harder   punishment reserved for those who use religious advantage to spoil the needy



Sadly, ecclesiastic clergy are often modern successors of the scribes. Look at Catholic, Orthodox, and Episcopal priests: special robes, honorable titles, all the appearance of a holy nature, and fee-for-service counseling takes advantage of the scruples of the needy. Vincent comments that "scribes were universally employed in making wills and conveyances of property." Perhaps especially when appointed the guardians of estate.

God cares for widows: Ex22.21-24 / Dt10.17-19 / 24.17 / 17.19 / James1.27

Beware the greed of hypocritical teachers: 1Tim6.5 / Tit1.11 / 2Pet2.3.



41   And He sat down opposite the treasury


Teaching   day winding down, He took rest on edge of court where collection boxes were   set up in the 'treasure ward / guard' -- a safe place.


and   watched the people putting money into the offering box.


Pausing   to observe how people gave ...


'threw'   money (metal coins) into boxes. (Text uses this description throughout).


42   And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.


a   beggarly, pauper old woman with few provisions gave 2 lepta = 1 kadrontes


43   And He called the disciples to Him and said to them,


Jesus   gathered the followers for an intentional lesson (more on their way out of   town later)


"Truly,   I say to you, this poor widow has put in more


Listen   to this truth: this destitute woman has given the most -- more than sacrifice   (v33)


than   all those who are contributing to the offering box.


many   others threw into the box -- attendees of the temple, in support of service   there.


44   For they all contributed out of their abundance,


the   rich gave much, but of their overage, beyond needs, un-needed extra -- not   missed.


but   she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live   on."


she   cast in all her essential living (at least for that day?) She would miss this   amount. The one who could least afford it gave the most.



Jesus comments on a system that places the temple above family needs: Mk7.10-13.


notes by David Teel Friday, September 19, 2014