Mark 12 Kill him and we keep the inheritance
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We should love God and our fellow man. Religious leaders love pretence and self-importance.
- The Gospels have a twofold meaning
- Salvation crossed over from the Jews to the Gentiles
- Many saved Christians will die during great Tribulation
- Church leaders want to criticize the King James Bible
- The Commandments are based on love
- We must understand the Godhead
The Gospels have a twofold meaning
They describe the events from the First Coming of Christ. But if we begin to think spiritually, then all these events can also be applied as a preview of the Second Coming of Christ. We can then imagine ourselves and our church leaders in the place of the Jews and their religious leaders. We are making the same mistakes that they made.
History tends to repeat itself.
In Heaven, Jesus is surrounded by four beasts that are bodyguards.
REVELATION 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
REVELATION 4:6 ... and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
The young calf had 1200 years to grow into a strong ox after the love of truth was killed at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 when the unscriptural Trinity entered the church. Then for 900 years after the Pope became Universal Bishop in AD 606 there was the terrible slaughter of tens of millions by the Roman Catholic Church. The Ox is the beast of burden and of slaughter.
The four beasts represent the four Gospels where Christ's death is the heart of God's Plan.
Notice the cross at the centre of the heart.
Matthew reveals Christ as the Lion, the King.
John speaks of Christ as the Eagle, God Himself.
Mark deals with Christ as the burden-bearing Servant. Thus, Mark illustrates certain issues related to serving God.
MARK 12:1 And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
A vineyard produces grapes that make wine.
Wine represents the stimulation of revelation. The joy of getting to understand the Bible mysteries.
This parable speaks of God’s covenant with Abraham whereby the 12 tribes of Israel were given possession of the Promised Land in which they could live and serve God.
MARK 12:2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
God sent a prophet to check on how well the Jews were serving God and believing His Word.
MARK 12:3 And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
The prophet was beaten up and could not find any sign of spiritual growth
MARK 12:4 And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
The next prophet was stoned and shamefully treated. The Head of the prophet is God. Hitting him in the head with a stone was thus a flagrantly violent rejection of God.
MARK 12:5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.
Violence escalated. Some prophets were killed, some injured. The nation of Israel was obviously not interested in serving God.
MARK 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
So, God sent His Son. God’s much-loved Son. God manifest in the flesh. The Spirit of God dwelling in a perfect Man. The Messiah.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
MARK 12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
But the Jewish religious leaders, desperate to protect the vast money earned by their dishonest sale of sacrificial animals, decided to kill the Messiah Who contradicted their doctrines and warned them of their evil ways. Especially when He kicked over the tables of the money-changers in the Temple. Unnoticed by most Bible readers, Jesus did this three times.
MARK 12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
Why did they kill the Son? So that they could keep the fake-religion money that they were making for themselves. Sadducees, Pharisees, Herodians, and Rabbis were in charge and these titles are not even mentioned in the Old Testament. They were man-made and thus false leadership positions.
History repeats. The word "pastors" is only mentioned once in the New Testament and never was a pastor placed as the head of a church in the first church age by the apostles. Today almost every church has a pastor in charge. If his name is Simon then you cannot just call him Simon, you have to say Pastor Simon. This is totally unscriptural as it never was done in the New Testament. Never was a pastor called a shepherd.
But pastors are condemned six times in the Old Testament. This is prophetic as there were no pastors under the Old Testament Law.
John's Gospel says that Jesus whipped out the money-changers when He visited the Temple for His first Passover.
JOHN 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
John's Gospel reveals Jesus, being God, showing us that right from the start He identified the religious leaders' big mistake as their love of money. This angered Him because that spirit would move into the church and corrupt the church leaders. The church of the Laodiceans, in the end time, would be rich and increased in goods but would not know that they are blind and cannot understand the Bible mysteries. God does not whip the money-making preachers out of the church today. Why not? The modern church is so corrupted by unscriptural error and money-making that He just vomits the church out of His mouth. The Word is in God's mouth. Modern preachers do not prove their doctrines just from the written Word. They have been vomited out of His Word as far as understanding the mysteries of Scripture are concerned.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
REVELATION 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
REVELATION 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Jesus overturned the money-changer's tables on Palm Sunday in Matthew.
Matthew deals with Christ as the King. Palm Sunday was Christ being welcomed as the King of the Jews.
ZECHARIAH 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
So Matthew describes what Jesus did in the Temple on Palm Sunday.
MATTHEW 21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
MATTHEW 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
Mark explains Jesus as the great Servant, the burden-bearing Ox.
Jesus travels into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
MARK 11:7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
MARK 11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
MARK 11:11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
This was Palm Sunday but Mark makes no mention of the cleansing of the Temple.
Palm Sunday recognized Jesus as the King, so Mark left it to Matthew to explain what the King did in the Temple.
Monday saw Jesus back at the Temple again, ready to teach the truth. The hard-working Servant.
MARK 11:12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
The morrow is the tomorrow after Palm Sunday.
Thus it was Monday.
So as the dedicated Servant, Jesus decided to clean out the Temple again. A rare case of repetition. Doing the same thing two days in a row. As a Servant, His task was to cleanse the Temple of financial corruption. This was a dangerous task. What Jesus had cleaned out yesterday had already been set up again for crooked business on Monday
MARK 11:15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
Cleansing the Temple twice in two days. That was too big a threat to the religious leaders' income, so they killed Him three days later on Thursday. Like Jonah in the whale, He was three nights in the tomb. Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night. He arose early Sunday morning.
The Jews achieved their aim, they crucified their Messiah. Now they could keep all the money flowing into the Temple as nobody else would dare interfere with it.
Killing the truth (Jesus is the Truth) was what the religious leaders were happy to do as long as they could keep the money coming in. Things have not changed.
They kept the money for about 37 more years and then the Romans killed them and destroyed the Temple. Pharisees, Sadducees, temple priests, and Herodians were never heard of again.
With the Temple destroyed, no more Temple money came in.
They had a short term gain and it was followed by a horrific slaughter.
The churches today focus on money-making. But their wealth will be the target for the final Pope, the man of sin, who will slaughter them in order to take over the wealth.
MARK 12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
There would be a severe backlash to the killing of Messiah. In AD 70 Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed by the pagan Romans. 1,100,000 Jews were killed.
The Bar Kochba revolt between AD 132 -135 saw 580,000 Jews killed by the pagan Romans and the Jews were then exiled and scattered over the Roman Empire.
Salvation crossed over from the Jews to the Gentiles
But worst of all for the Jews, God rejected the Jews at Calvary in AD 33 and turned His attention to the Gentile churches.
During the next 2000 years, it would be the Gentiles, represented by the feet of the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream, who received salvation. The Jews would be cut off.
At Calvary, salvation crossed over from the Jews to the Gentiles.
The feet of the Gentile image represent the seven church ages.
But the Gentile image was struck in the feet by a stone that represents the Second Coming of the Lord at the end of the seven church ages.
So the church made the same mistake in the end. The Jews rejected Jesus as a Man and were later massacred. The saved church believers have rejected the revelation of the mysteries of the King James Bible by William Branham. The saved church believers, who cannot understand the Bible mysteries, will get killed in great Tribulation.
MARK 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
The Messiah that the Jews would reject will be the Highest, the Head. He will be Lord God Almighty.
REVELATION 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
The Jews were twice massacred for rejecting Jesus as a Man.
In the third church age at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325, the unscriptural word Trinity was forced on the church. This killed the love of truth. Unscriptural words do not represent spiritual truth. More unscriptural words followed. God the Son. God the Holy Ghost. One God in three Persons. Father and Son are of the same substance. Second Person of the Godhead. First Person of the Godhead. Third Person of the Godhead. C0equal. Eternal Sonship.
Thus Jesus as the Word of Truth got killed.
Towards the end of the seven church ages, the churches will reject the revealed mysteries of the Word of God. Thus they reject Jesus and crucify Him afresh as He is the Word of God.
The saved foolish virgins, clean women, represent the unscriptural beliefs of modern-day saved church-goers who have splintered into 45000 different types of churches and denominations. Sadly, all of these will similarly be massacred during the 3.5 years of great Tribulation.
Jesus is rejected as the revealed Word of God, the King James Bible, by the last church age of the Laodiceans. This saddest of Scriptures is revealed because Jesus stands outside the church door. Thus the last church age is apostate. This is a very scary thought.
Church-goers today are judged by their loyalty to the pastor, not by their understanding of Bible mysteries.
Notice, it is the "church of the Laodiceans".
They make up their own religion and church rules.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
The King James Bible is rejected by most churches today.
Instead, they prefer to develop over 100 different versions of the English Bible. Then there are 45000 different kinds of churches and denominations. It is basically impossible to find the truth in this spiritual swamp.
But the Jesus Who is revealed in the King James Bible by the end-time prophet William Branham will return for His Second Coming. The future Capstone of the resurrected Bride-pyramid will catch the Bride up to heaven for the Wedding Supper. But the Coming of this Capstone will also smite the Gentile image that Nebuchadnezzar saw in the feet (that represent the 7 church ages) and destroy all our Gentile civilizations during the 3½ years of great Tribulation that ends in the battle of Armageddon.
The true Bride will be hated. The doctrines that rapture the Bride will destroy the church systems and world systems. The Bride will be suppressed under foot by the Gentiles and their church systems.
MARK 12:11 This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
God will uplift the persecuted minority to Heaven and cast down and destroy the vast majority that rejected the revealed King James Bible as the Absolute and Infallible Truth.
Daniel said that the truth would be revealed in the end.
These are indeed marvellous revelations giving the Bride the stimulation of revelation. Being able, by God’s grace, to understand the mysteries that the great prophets of the Old Testament wished that they could understand.
DANIEL 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
The Jewish leaders knew that Jesus had spoken against them. Just like the church leaders of today know that the revealed Word speaks against them. That is why they reject the King James Bible.
MARK 12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.
Many saved Christians will die during great Tribulation
At His First Coming, the Jews were God’s people but they were going to lose that position as God turned to the Gentile church.
Then history would repeat at His Second Coming. The church should be God’s people but they are going to lose that position when God turns back to the Jews. Very few Christians are wise enough to understand the revealed Bible and be ready for the Lord’s Coming. Those few will be the wise virgins.
LUKE 18:8 Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
The foolish virgins will be a huge crowd. They are the saved Christians in the churches who have been fooled by modern-day pastors so that they cannot understand the revealed King James Bible.
They will be straightened out in the horror of great Tribulation.
REVELATION 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
REVELATION 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
They were saved before great Tribulation because Jesus got off the throne of mercy to come down and catch up His Bride. Thus, there is no salvation for the Gentiles during the 3.5 years of great Tribulation. The foolish virgins have to be killed for their faith.
The beast is the organized denominational church system of the Roman Catholic Church.
The image of the beast is the confederation of non-Catholic churches that copy the Roman Catholic church organization and many of their doctrines. Trinity, Christmas, 25 December, Good Friday, a man is the head of each church, involvement in politics, and the rejection of the King James Bible, etc.
REVELATION 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
The horror of great Tribulation will open the eyes of the foolish virgins and they will begin to see the faults of the denominational church systems. That will be their death sentence. They must die to preserve their salvation that they had before great Tribulation started.
Church leaders want to criticize the King James Bible
MARK 12:13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
Jesus was a Man at His First Coming.
Jesus is the revealed Word of God, the King James Bible, just before His Second Coming.
"Pharisee" was not a word in the Old Testament so it was an unscriptural position as the head of a synagogue.
Nowhere in the New Testament was a pastor ever made the head of a church. So that is also an unscriptural position.
Herodians were religious leaders who were involved in politics. Church leaders make the same mistake today.
These Pharisees and Herodians wanted to catch Jesus on some point rather than learn from Him.
The Pharisees and Herodians wanted an excuse to criticize Jesus so that they could reject Him as a Man.
Church pastors today want excuses to criticize the King James Bible so that they can reject Jesus as the Word of God.
Today, Jesus is in our midst as the Word of God, the King James Bible. Pastors try to find fault with the King James Bible rather than trying to learn from It.
MARK 12:14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
Does God require us to pay taxes to the government? Rome was ruling Israel as a distant province in its Empire.
MARK 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
How was hypocrisy involved?
The Jews would not allow the Romans to bring any graven images or army banners into Jerusalem. They would provoke big riots if that happened.
MARK 12:16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's.
No graven images are allowed by the second Commandment. But look at the money that they paid into their holy Temple. It had the head of the emperor graven upon it.
So, no graven image was allowed in Jerusalem unless it was money being paid into the Temple that was collected by the religious leaders. As long as the coins made them rich, the religious leaders in the Temple were happy to accept the graven images on them. Real hypocrisy.
MARK 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.
The people marvelled at the simple yet profoundly deep answer of Jesus. Pay your taxes to the government (Caesar was the head of the Roman government as the Emperor) and pay your tithes to God.
But deeper than that. Do not pay any money coins that have Caesar’s inscription on them into the Temple treasury. Caesar’s money does not belong to God.
The people marvelled at this. If they paid no Roman money with its graven images into the Temple, the wealth of the priests and the Temple leaders would be severely reduced. This would especially affect the Sadducees who were in charge of the Temple.
So, the Sadducees were quick to respond to this threat to their income.
They wanted to discredit Jesus by asking Him a question that He could not answer. Then they could ignore His statement about their ill-gotten money gains.
MARK 12:18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,
The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection.
MARK 12:19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
A widow could expect her husband’s brother to raise up a son for her.
MARK 12:20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.
MARK 12:21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.
MARK 12:22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
They used this argument to try to prove that there was no resurrection.
If she had been married seven times, who was to be her husband in heaven? Assuming there was a resurrection.
MARK 12:23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
Jesus replied that their ignorance of the Bible was their problem.
MARK 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
There is no blood in Heaven. Without blood there cannot be a male errection and thus there cannot be sex in Heaven.
I CORINTHIANS 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
MARK 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
There is no marriage in Heaven. A man and his wife will just be a brother and a sister. The resurrected dead will have no sex hormones and will be just like the angels.
MARK 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
The dead are not dead in Heaven. God lives in Heaven and calls Himself the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Thus those men must still be alive because there is no death in God. God is eternal Life.
MARK 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
Thus the religious leaders, the Sadducees were seriously wrong in their doctrines. This is a warning to the end time church leaders that they are seriously wrong with what they believe. Unscriptural statements include Trinity, God the Son, one God in three Persons, Christmas, 25 December, Good Friday, Lent, a seven year Tribulation, and William Branham is the Voice of God.
But there is a deeper meaning to their question that they missed when they wanted to know who the one husband of the woman was.
A woman symbolizes the church. The husband is the head of the wife. So, the church has taken on human heads throughout the seven church ages. That was their mistake because the messengers that God sent to the different church ages was to guide them back to Jesus. Jesus, as the Word of God, was always supposed to be the Head of the church, not some man.
We should always be asking, "What does the Bible say".
JOHN 1:37 And the two disciples heard him [John the Baptist] speak, and they followed Jesus.
The disciples who heard John the Baptist speak, in the sense that they understood what he was talking about, then followed Jesus the Man.
If we have understood what brother Branham was speaking about then we will follow our beliefs through the Word of God, the Bible.
I PETER 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
We listen to men for advice but we must only follow Jesus Christ.
So, when the seven church ages end with the resurrection from the dead in their new bodies, then the saints from seven church ages will rise to accept only one Man as their spiritual Husband, Jesus Christ.
To prepare for this we must learn to accept the revealed mysteries of the King James Bible as our only Head. We must thereby return to the original beliefs of the first church age that was set in order by the apostles.
The Commandments are based on love
MARK 12:28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
MARK 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
The knowledge that there is only one God is the most important Commandment. Then when you see Jesus fulfil Scripture and do great miracles you will become aware that He is God because God is just one Person.
MARK 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Then you must fully love Jesus. But Jesus is the Word of God. So you must fully love the King James Bible and never change it in any way.
MARK 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Having learned to love God, then God can use you for His kingdom if you fully love the people that you meet on planet earth. So, we must love God and love mankind.
God is the Word. So you must love the written Word and keep studying the King James Bible. Never say that a Scripture is just a detail and thus unimportant. Never say that the Bible contradicts itself. Never dismiss any Scripture as a myth. Never say that there are mistakes in the Bible.
PROVERBS 30:5 Every word of God is pure:
Then we must teach the pure Scripture to our fellow humans. Never criticizing nor casting doubt on the Scripture.
MARK 12:32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
MARK 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Love God with understanding.
God’s thoughts are laid out in the King James Bible.
If we truly love God then we will seek for an understanding of the revealed Word of God.
We will not be happy until we have returned to the beliefs of the first church age that was set in order by the apostles.
Believing the revealed Word of God is more important than believing some error and performing great sacrifices.
MARK 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
This man seemed a genuine seeker for truth which enabled him to get closer to God.
This scribe was a church leader but he never tried to argue with Jesus, the Word.
He never tried to trap Jesus. He showed a genuine desire to learn from Jesus. So there are some church leaders who will have a desire to learn the truth from the Bible.
But because the answer involved loving God and loving mankind, the people stopped asking questions. Most people prefer to hate their enemies and love revenge and a chance of getting even. So learning that we must love our enemies is not what we want to hear.
MATTHEW 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
This verse makes it very difficult for us to live a good Christian life as God’s standards are very high. God is not interested in our opinions of people. We must learn to love everyone, the good and the bad.
We must understand the Godhead
MARK 12:35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David?
The Godhead has always been a puzzle. Is God One Person, two Persons, or three Persons?
MARK 12:36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
“My Lord” is David’s God. How can God speak to David’s God?
The Lord said unto my Lord. Sit on my right hand. Sounds like two People sitting next to each other. The Jews believed in one God and had no answer to that.
Explain the mystery of the Godhead.
MARK 12:37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.
The leaders fought with Jesus but the common people listened.
Today ordinary people often respect what the Scripture says. It is the church leaders who hasten to tell them that there are mistakes or unnecessary details in the Bible. The leaders say this to cover up the fact that they cannot explain those Scriptures.
How can Christ be the Son of David if Christ is the Lord of David. David’s God?
The common people were happy to see the religious leaders, who always sounded so wise, being put in their place.
As a Man, Jesus was the Son of David because He is to be the future King in the Millennium Kingdom of 1000 years.
But the fulness of the Godhead dwelled within Him which also made Him God.
We have a conscious mind (the son) and a subconscious mind (the father). When your conscious mind argues with your subconscious conscience then you have a better analogy of a discussion between God the Father (the supernatural Spirit) and the Son of God (the human Man, Jesus). Remember, there is no God the Son in the Bible.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
“The right hand” speaks of power.
The Man Jesus had the full power of God at His disposal to perform miracles.
EXODUS 15:6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power:
MARK 12:38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
Beware of religious leaders who draw attention to themselves with fancy clothes and love public greetings and ostentatious displays of wealth.
“Pastors” is mentioned once in the New Testament. Yet people who claim to be the head of a church call themselves “Pastor” and insist that you must add the title to their name. If his name is Tony then "Tony" is not good enough, he must be called Pastor Tony.
Strangely, this man-made rule does not apply to other ministries. If Tony is a Bible teacher then he is just called "Tony", not "Teacher Tony".
MARK 12:39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
Church leaders love the seats in front of the church and the most important seats at public gatherings to show their elevation above the people. The elevation of a holy man above the laity or congregation is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. God hates that.
REVELATION 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
MARK 12:40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.
Churches happily persuade widows to leave their money to the church. This money is controlled by the church leaders. What they offer in return is long prayers which costs them nothing.
MARK 12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
There was a box where people threw in their money. This was an advantage for rich people who could be seen to throw in much money and impress the people. But Jesus never commented on these people.
MARK 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
But he did comment on a poor widow who handed in just about nothing.
MARK 12:43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
God does not measure the size of the offering. God measures the percentage of the offering in terms of your income.
MARK 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
If you have a lot of money, then giving a big sum is not that impressive because you still have much left over for yourself. So you do not go short. God is not impressed.
But this lady never even had enough for herself and yet she was prepared to give. That meant a lot to God. She gave until it hurt her. God was impressed.
That was a sign of genuine faith.