Bible: Mark 12:35-44

The Messiah: David’s Son and Lord

12:35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he said, “How is it that the experts in the law 1  say that the Christ 2  is David’s son? 3  12:36 David himself, by the Holy Spirit, said,

The Lord said to my lord, 4 

Sit at my right hand,

until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ 5 

12:37 If David himself calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 6  And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.

Warnings About Experts in the Law

12:38 In his teaching Jesus 7  also said, “Watch out for the experts in the law. 8  They like walking 9  around in long robes and elaborate greetings 10  in the marketplaces, 12:39 and the best seats in the synagogues 11  and the places of honor at banquets. 12:40 They 12  devour widowsproperty, 13  and as a show make long prayers. These men will receive a more severe punishment.”

The Widow’s Offering

12:41 Then 14  he 15  sat down opposite the offering box, 16  and watched the crowd putting coins into it. Many rich people were throwing in large amounts. 12:42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, 17  worth less than a penny. 12:43 He called his disciples and said to them, “I tell you the truth, 18  this poor widow has put more into the offering box 19  than all the others. 20  12:44 For they all gave out of their wealth. 21  But she, out of her poverty, put in what she had to live on, everything she had.” 22 

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