Mark 11-12 Q & A time with Jesus

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When we read Mark 11-12 we find twelve situations in which Jesus is being questioned and/or questioning in return. What do people usually ask given a chance to see Jesus face to face? Different motivation drives different question. Amazing how some miss the opportunity to know Jesus as He really is, because they keep focusing on the wrong questions. But Jesus does give everybody a chance to ask the right question. He even asks the questions for them and give them answers to the right questions.

Summary of Mark 11 (Bible verses are quoted in parts; I have added boldness to some phrases)

The first question is: Who is Jesus? Answer: He is the Lord.

And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.”

The second question is: Who are you to argue with Jesus? (Just as the fig tree who spoke to Jesus giving excuse for its false pretense by having leaves before figs) The answer is:

14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.

The third question Jesus asks is:What do you think the temple of God is for? The answer: a house of prayer.

17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?[e] But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”[f]

The fourth question Jesus asks and answers is: Do you have faith? If you have faith you will not think things to the contrary of faith.

24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

The fifth question is: Do you want your prayer answered? The answer is: know your heavenly Father’s heart.

25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

The sixth question Jesus asks is awesome. He doesn’t answer silly question. If you ask a silly question you will be asked a question that you cannot answer without admitting your foolishness.

28 And they said to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?”

29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one question; then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things:

Summary of Mark 12 (Bible verses are quoted in parts; I have added boldness to some phrases)

The seventh question that Jesus asks is: what makes you think you can get away with murder?

“Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others. 12 And they sought to lay hands on Him, but feared the multitude, for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left Him and went away.

The eight question that Jesus asks is: Why do you persist to be a hypocrite? You know the answer.

But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it. 16 So they brought it. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”

The ninth question that Jesus asks is: Do you want to know why you ask this ridiculous question? The answer is because you are walking by flesh, and do not understand the Bible (which is spirit and life in the spiritual realm. Heaven is a spiritual realm).

24 Jesus answered and said to them, “Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?

The tenth question is asked by a scribe who knows the answer and Jesus makes him answered finally.

28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving[d] that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”…

34 Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

But after that no one dared question Him.

The eleventh question that Jesus asks cannot be answered by anyone who tries to challenge His deity. He again answers the question in everyone’s mind, He is the Lord Himself.

35 Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David? 36 For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”’[i]

37 Therefore David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son?” And the common people heard Him gladly.

Finally the twelve question Jesus asks is: How does the heaven keep account? The answer is: not as what man thinks (in quantity). In heaven it is the quality (of sacrifice) that really counts.

43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”

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