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Mark 12

Edwards' Family Bible New TestamentFamily Bible NT

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Verses 1-12

Parable of the vineyeard. Matthew 21:33-46 . As God is the giver and owner of all our possessions, common honesty requires that they should be employed in his service.

Verse 9

A day of reckoning is coming, when Christ will call all men to account for the manner in which they have used the things which he intrusted to them, and will render to each according to his works.

Verse 10

This scripture ; Psalms 118:22 .

Verses 13-17

Tribute to Cesar. Matthew 22:15-22 .

Verse 17

They marvelled at him ; on account of his wisdom in so easily and completely avoiding their snares. As human government is an ordinance of God, and magistrates are his ministers to execute so much of his wrath against evil-doers as is needful to protect those who do well, it is his will that men who enjoy the benefits of government should pay for its support. Magistrates have a right to compensation for their services, and it is as really wicked to defraud the government as it is to defraud individuals.

Verses 18-27

Denial of the resurrection. Matthew 22:23-33 .

Verse 24

Wicked men often think that the difficulties which they suggest against revelation justify them in rejecting it. But a better acquaintance with the word of God would show them their folly, and the wisdom of those who receive and obey it.

Verse 26

In the bush ; the burning bush. Exodus 3:6 .

Verse 27

Do greatly err ; in denying the resurrection of the body, which, according to their views, implied also that the soul does not live after death.

Verse 28

First commandment of all ; the greatest and most important.

Verse 29

One Lord ; other nations worshipped many gods, but Jehovah, the God of Israel, was the one only living and true God.

Verse 31

Neighbor ; fellow-man.

There is none other commandment greater than these ; rightly understood, they comprehend the substance of true religion.

Verse 33

Is more ; more valuable then all merely external observances.

Verse 34

Discreetly ; like one who had right views of religion.

Not far from the kingdom of God ; because he rightly apprehended its spiritual nature, and what the service of God required of him. Some persons are much nearer the kingdom of God than others. Correct views of his character and requirements, with a just estimate of internal rectitude and purity, compared with external observances, tend to prepare the mind for the reception of Christ, and for the devotion of heart and life to his service.

Verses 35-37

Christ David’s son and Lord. Matthew 22:41-46 .

Verses 38-40

Warning against hypocrisy. Matthew 23:1-12 .

Verse 41

The treasury ; the place for money to defray the expenses of the temple service. Jesus Christ is witness to what each one does for his cause. From the privilege and benefit of giving for the promotion of it, none, however poor, need be debarred. The value of their gifts in his estimation, so much on the amount as on the proportion which they give, and their motives in giving.

Verse 42

Two mites ; a very small sum.

Verse 43

More in , than all they ; more in proportion to her means-more for her, and more in God’s estimation, than all they had given was for them.

Bibliographical Information
Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on Mark 12". "Edwards' Family Bible New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/fam/mark-12.html. American Tract Society. 1851.
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