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Jesus -- the Messiah #26

Read Mark 12:35-44

Whose Son Is the Christ?

35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “How is it that the teachers of the law say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” ’ 37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with delight.

38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.”

The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.

43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”


vv. 35-37 – The popular expectation was that the Messiah (the “Christ”) would be a “son of David.” As we saw in an earlier email , the term “son” was typically used to describe someone who had the character of another. In this case, people both expected that the Messiah would have a role like David and also be a biological descendent of David, from his royal lineage. They expected, then, a political Messiah, a powerful king like David who would bring the nation independence from Rome and restore its glory in the world.

Jesus tries to move them out of this expectation to a much higher and greater idea, that the Lord Himself would come as the Messiah.

vv. 38-44 – We have seen how Jesus felt special compassion for the lowest and weakest of the society. In what Jesus now taught and said, we see His sharp comparison between the powerful and the weak. The arrogant, evil elite “will be punished most severely.” (v. 42) In contrast, Jesus has great praise for the poor widow, the lowliest and the most vulnerable in the society. Her humble, generous character far outshines those who parade around as if they are righteous.


How have you shown compassion for the lowest and the weakest in society?


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