This concludes our brief journey through Mark 12:13-17. We hope that you have benefited from what we have shared. At this point each of you should be able to draw some conclusions about the text. These conclusions should now be able to shape your journey of faith.
Below are the major takeaways that our group came up with.
Final Observations And Conclusions
When reading through the entire book of Mark and the other gospel accounts, we find that the Pharisees confronted Jesus on several occasions. The method of operation was to confront Him publicly with a trick question in hopes that He would disparage His reputation with either the Jewish people or the Roman government. But Jesus always proved too crafty for such foolish deceptions. He always answered is such a way that reframed the question and directed His audience to greater spiritual truths.
The Pharisees and Herodians did not have much common ground. In spite of this, they managed to come together and find unity around ensnaring Jesus. Jesus was upsetting the balance of power for both of these groups and they preferred things stay the same. The easiest way to maintain the status quo was to eliminate Jesus from the equation.
The Pharisees were correct in their assessment that Jesus did not show partiality. This seems to be one of the reasons they plotted against Him. It was their partiality in society that they valued. They were treated differently because of their position as religious leaders. Jesus challenged their character and motives just as He would anyone else, even going so far as calling them hypocrites and vipers for the way they dishonored God’s truth.
The Pharisees were amazed that Jesus did not entangle Himself in their carefully constructed web of deceit. This would eventually lead to frustration and desperation, as they would abandon trying to trap Jesus in public and resort to seizing Him in secret.
No matter our motives, Jesus is always pointing us towards a right understanding of God and a right relationship with God.
The heart of what Jesus was communicating dealt with ownership. Whether we accept or reject Jesus, we are all created in the image of God, and God wants us to willing give ourselves to Him. First to be reconciled and then to live in obedience. To do so, expresses an attitude of love towards our Heavenly Father and it keeps us from the consequences of sin.
Below is the text that we have been working with over the past few weeks.
13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap Him in a statement. 14 They came and said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? 15 Shall we pay or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at.” 16 They brought one. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” And they said to Him, “Caesar’s.” 17 And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.
– Mark 12:13-17
Early on we discussed the importance of learning to ask questions in these two posts: Part 1 & Part 2. Then we talked about evaluating key words and phrases. If you completed both of those exercises your work should look similar to what is below.
As we said in the beginning, not every question you answer will directly contribute to drawing conclusions about this passage of Scripture, but can and will lead to a deeper understanding of other Scriptures. Your effort in study will not be wasted.
Work through the questions below. Does this look similar to your work? Are the answers in line with yours?
Look at your key words and phrases. How do they inform the passage? How do they add clarity or provoke questions? Continue reading
Formatting The Text
During this part of the process, I usually copy and paste the text into a Word document so that I can begin to mark it up. I still have some folks in my church, believe it or not, that do not use a computer. As they were working through this process, they wrote the verse out on a separate sheet of paper.
When I copy and paste I usually format the the text to use double or triple spacing so that I have enough room to make any notations that are needed. I format custom margins so that the top and bottom are set to 0.5″ and the left and right margins are set to 2.0″. This gives me the necessary white space on the page to work with. I also Insert the chapter and verse in the header. Finally, I use the justify format so that my margins are even and the page looks crisp and clean. Continue reading
If all went well, you have between 15-20 questions that you have put together for Mark 12:13-17. Below is the passage and a list of questions compiled by a group of students I recently helped walk through this exercise.
13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap Him in a statement. 14 They came and said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? 15 Shall we pay or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at.” 16 They brought one. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” And they said to Him, “Caesar’s.” 17 And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they [d]were amazed at Him.
Mark 12:13-17 (NASB)
Last week, you were given a few questions to answer about the Book of Mark. It is important to review the general information concerning the book as a whole, as it will give you some insight, as to how the section of Scripture you have chosen to study, may fit into the whole.
Hopefully, you have gathered some of the resources we mentioned in week one, to your personal library. The two resources I used from my library to answer those questions, were the Life Application Study Bible, and the Archaeological Study Bible. Below is the comparison of information that I received from both. Continue reading