Read Mark 12:12-34
1. Did you discover something new this time you read the chapter?
2. Look at Mark 12:12-17. In ten words or less, how do you feel about taxes? Why must we obey the government if it does not go against God’s Word? Why was the trap being set particularly dangerous? What outcome were Jesus’ opponents expecting? Who were the Herodians? Why do they and the Pharisees make strange partners? What did Jesus answer probably do to their partnership? What belongs to God and what belongs to “Caesar” in your life? How are your thoughts and actions affected by what belongs to whom? In light of this scripture passage, what you think ought to be done?
3. Look at Mark 12:18-27. What do you think heaven will be like? How do the Sadducees demonstrate that they do not know the scripture or the power of God? What characterizes resurrection life? How does Exodus 3:6 (quoted in verse 26) demonstrate the fact of the Resurrection? Why do you think about heaven and the Resurrection? What do your answers indicate about your life? What would you like to ask Jesus about heaven? What personal hope does your relationship with Christ hold for you? Is this hope primarily oriented to the future or to the present? Why?
4. Look at Mark 12:28-34. Why are these the two greatest commandments? How do each of the ten commandments relate to these two commandments? In what three directions are we to extend our love? How was this teachers attitude different from that of man others whose questions to Jesus are recorded in the Book of Mark? What dose Jesus’ response to this man teach you about Jesus? In the three types of love relationships—vertical (with God), horizontal (with neighbors), and internal (with self)—where are you the strongest? Who is your neighbor (see Luke 10:25-37)? How can you specially love the Lord and your neighbor better this week?
5. Do you have any questions about this chapter?
*Much of the work in is not my own but used in collaboration with a few commentaries and Group Study Bible.