A. A Series of Confrontations.

1. Jesus clears the Temple.

2. His authority is questioned.

3. A parable which reveals their true nature.

4. Question concerning taxes.

5. Question concerning resurrection.

B. A Summary of the Bible.

Body: Mark 12: 28 - 34

I. A Scribe.

A. The successive groups.

1. Chief priests, scribes and Elders.
2. Pharisees and Herodians.
3. Sadducees.

B. He has been listening.

C. Perceives that Jesus is wise.

II. An Odd Question.

A. Has there been a dispute?

B. Matthew 22: 40 = law and prophets hang.

C. Deuteronomy 6: 4, 5 = Love God. (Morning and Evening prayer.)

1. No other gods.
2. No graven images.
3. Do not take name in vain.
4. Follow God’s example.

D. Leviticus 19: 18 = Love others.

1. Honor father and mother.
2. Do not wrongfully take life.
3. Do not break marriage vows.
4. Do not take others possessions.
5. Do not lie.
6. Do not desire others possessions.

III. An Amicable Outcome.

A. The Scribe agrees with Jesus.

B. More important than activities of worship. (Matthew 12: 7; 23: 23)

C. Not far from the Kingdom.


A. Are We "Not Far" From the Kingdom?

B. Are We Making Sure We Are Part of the Kingdom?