"Getting It Right" - Mark 12:35-40

STUDY QUESTIONS

  1. Why do you think Jesus was so interested in challenging the Scribes understanding that "the Christ is the son of David"?
  2. How would you answer the question Jesus poises in verse 37 - "David himself calls Him Lord; so in what sense is He his son"? Why is this question so important?
  3. In what way does Jesus establish the authority of David's words in Psalm 110 and in addition declare that Psalm 110 is a Messianic scripture? Why is this important to Jesus' challenge of the Scribes understanding?
  4. Why do you think the religious leaders were unable or unwilling to answer Jesus question? Why do you think they were unwilling to rethink their conclusion?
  5. Jesus was challenging the Scribes to allow the truth of God's Word to help them get it right about who He was/is. In what way is that still true today?
  6. One of the dangers as evidence in the Scribes is that when we think we have it right we stop thinking and often stop receiving challenges to our position very favorably. In what way is the following observations true or not true - "If you have it right, truth is your friend. If you do not have it right, truth is still your friend".
  7. Why does Jesus want everyone to "get it right" concerning who He is and what He has come to do for each of us? What do I have to get right to be saved? Is it difficult to get it right? Check out John 3:16; John 1:12; Mark 10: 13 – 15; Mark 10: 17 – 23; Eph.2: 8,9; Romans 10: 9 – 13; John 14:6...
  8. Why do you think the people (large crowd) enjoyed listening to Jesus?
  9. Who is it that Jesus warns us to beware of? Why the warning? What is the danger if we are not wary of such ones?
  10. Notice Jesus does not indict all Scribes, only those that do certain things. What are those things? How do these actions and attitudes demonstrate what it means to "get it wrong"?
  11. In what way does Jesus assessment of these Scribes conduct connect with the first and second most important commandment Jesus gave in verses 30 – 31?
  12. In what way does the negative actions of the Scribes described in verses 35 – 40 help us "get it right"? What does getting it right look like?
  13. What does it mean that they "devoured widow's houses"?
  14. What does it mean when Jesus says that these "will receive greater condemnation"? What is a greater condemnation? What warrants greater condemnation?
  15. What have you learned from this passage and how are you going to apply it to your life?
Benjamin Steiner