by Jerry Vines

Answers for Life's Questions
Jerry Vines
Mark 12:13-34

We are moving through the gospel of Mark together and we're really coming to the most interesting and to the climatic chapters of this gospel.

This is Mark's bird's eye view of the Lord Jesus. It moves a little faster than the other gospels. Marks is the gospel of action. He is just moving right along, step by step. At this particular point the die is cast. The enemies of Jesus have determined whatever it takes, whatever they have to do, they are going to kill Jesus.

That's where we are in this particular part of '*ar'> gospet. You need to look very carefully at the things the enemies of Jesus do at this particular point. Beginning with verse 13.

And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Uerodians to catch him in his words. And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man; That means: it's not that Jesus doesn't care, but they are saying, ''Lord, we know that you don't look up to anybody or your don't give special favors to anyone.''

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? Shall we give, or shall we not give? This is the first of three questions that were asked Jesus in the verses we are going to study today. All three of them were loaded questions and they were designeed to trap JFtls in his words. Their purpose is to kill the Lord Jesus. They are going to trump up some charges, find some reason to kill the Lord and so these questions are not really intended, on their part to get answers for themselves, but rather they- are intended to trap Jesus and to give them an excuse to put Him to death.

But when the Lord Jesus gives the answers to theses questions, He gives some answers to questions which are very important to us. Of course, we know the Lord Jesus can always do this, don't we? Jesus is the great question-answerer. Jesu ...

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