Category: Mark

  • Robbing the poor

    Jeff Myers noted a common misconception in the reading of the passage of the widow’s contribution in Mark 12. This is commonly taken as a great example of sacrificial giving because she gave all she had. But what comes next? Jesus leaves the temple and pronounces its doom, “Do you see these great buildings? There […]

  • Slaves to sin, slaves to God

    We are all slaves. The Hebrews had made themselves slaves to the worthless gods of the Egyptians, so God made them slaves to Pharaoh. God did not bring the people out of Egypt so they could be an autonomous, self-mastered people. He spoke to Pharaoh through Moses, “Let my people go, that they may serve […]

  • Not one stone

    If the disease breaks out again in the house, after he has taken out the stones and scraped the house and plastered it, then the priest shall go and look. And if the disease has spread in the house, it is a persistent leprous disease in the house; it is unclean. And he shall break down the […]

  • Fruitless trees

    Jesus rode into Jerusalem as the King And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom […]