Mark 12* The parable of the vineyard and husbandmen. (1-12) Questionabout tribute. (13-17) Concerning the resurrection. (18-27) Thegreat command of the law. (28-34) Christ the Son and yet theLord of David. (35-40) The poor widow commended. (41-44)1-12 Christ showed in parables, that he would lay aside theJewish church. It is sad to think what base usage God's faithfulministers have met with in all ages, from those who have enjoyedthe privileges of the church, but have not brought forth fruitanswerable. God at length sent his Son, his Well-beloved; and itmight be expected that he whom their Master loved, they alsoshould respect and love; but instead of honouring him because hewas the Son and Heir, they therefore hated him. But theexaltation of Christ was the Lord's doing; and it is his doingto exalt him in our hearts, and to set up his throne there; andif this be done, it cannot but be marvellous in our eyes. TheScriptures, and faithful preachers, and the coming of Christ inthe flesh, call on us to render due praise to God in our lives.Let sinners beware of a proud, carnal spirit; if they revile ordespise the preachers of Christ, they would have done so theirMaster, had they lived when he was upon earth. 13-17 The enemies of Christ would be thought desirous to knowtheir duty, when really they hoped that which soever side hetook of the question, they might find occasion to accuse him.Nothing is more likely to insnare the followers of Christ, thanbringing them to meddle with disputes about worldly politics.Jesus avoided the snare, by referring to the submission they hadalready made as a nation; and all that heard him, marvelled atthe great wisdom of his answer. Many will praise the words of asermon, who will not be commanded by the doctrines of it. 18-27 A right knowledge of the Scripture, as the fountainwhence all revealed religion now flows, and the foundation onwhich it is built, is the best preservative against error.Christ put aside the objection of the Sadducees, who were thescoffing infidels of that day, by setting the doctrine of thefuture state in a true light. The relation between husband andwife, though appointed in the earthly paradise, will not beknown in the heavenly one. It is no wonder if we confuseourselves with foolish errors, when we form our ideas of theworld of spirits by the affairs of this world of sense. It isabsurd to think that the living God should be the portion andhappiness of a man if he is for ever dead; and therefore it iscertain that Abraham's soul exists and acts, though now for atime separate from the body. Those that deny the resurrectiongreatly err, and ought to be told so. Let us seek to passthrough this dying world, with a joyful hope of eternalhappiness, and of a glorious resurrection. 28-34 Those who sincerely desire to be taught their duty,Christ will guide in judgment, and teach his way. He tells thescribe that the great commandment, which indeed includes all,is, that of loving God with all our hearts. Wherever this is theruling principle in the soul, there is a disposition to everyother duty. Loving God with all our heart, will engage us toevery thing by which he will be pleased. The sacrifices onlyrepresented the atonements for men's transgressions of the morallaw; they were of no power except as they expressed repentanceand faith in the promised Saviour, and as they led to moralobedience. And because we have not thus loved God and man, butthe very reverse, therefore we are condemned sinners; we needrepentance, and we need mercy. Christ approved what the scribesaid, and encouraged him. He stood fair for further advance; forthis knowledge of the law leads to conviction of sin, torepentance, to discovery of our need of mercy, and understandingthe way of justification by Christ. 35-40 When we attend to what the Scriptures declare, as to theperson and offices of Christ, we shall be led to confess him asour Lord and God; to obey him as our exalted Redeemer. If thecommon people hear these things gladly, while the learned anddistinguished oppose, the former are happy, and the latter to bepitied. And as sin, disguised with a show of piety, is doubleiniquity, so its doom will be doubly heavy. 41-44 Let us not forget that Jesus still sees the treasury. Heknows how much, and from what motives, men give to his cause. Helooks at the heart, and what our views are, in giving alms; andwhether we do it as unto the Lord, or only to be seen of men. Itis so rare to find any who would not blame this widow, that wecannot expect to find many who will do like to her; and yet ourSaviour commends her, therefore we are sure that she did welland wisely. The feeble efforts of the poor to honour theirSaviour, will be commended in that day, when the splendidactions of unbelievers will be exposed to contempt.
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