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Bible Pathways 10/18/04

October 18

Read Mark 12 - 13

In Today's Reading:

Wicked tenant farmers; paying taxes to Caesar; the resurrection; greatest commandment; widow's offering; signs of the end

Jesus was questioned by a scribe, who asked: Which is the first (most important) Commandment of all? (Mark 12:28). Jesus answered him by quoting Deuteronomy 6:4-5. The first of all the Commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is One Lord: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength (12:29-30). Jesus then quoted Leviticus 19:18, saying: And the second is like (it), namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater Commandment than these (12:31)

The Hebrew word Elohenu is translated in English as our God However, God chose to use the plural form, Elohim, meaning Gods, 2500 times in reference to Himself as the Self-Existent, One True God. This, then, is what the sacred proclamation to Israel literally says: Hear, O Israel; The Lord our Gods is One Lord. Furthermore, the Hebrew word for One used here is also a solemn declaration that the Lord is a plurality in unity. 'Echad is a word which expresses one in the collective sense. It signifies a compound unity - not an absolute unity. For example, God said: Man . . . and . . . wife . . . shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:24). Even with numerous children, they are still called one family. The one Tabernacle (Exodus 36:13) included many individual parts. However, there is a Hebrew word for one in the sense of an absolute one; it is the word yacheed. This word is never used to express the Godhead, although it is used many times in Scripture.

This truth exposes the ignorance of all who refuse to recognize Jesus as the One True God, the Creator of all things. The Holy Spirit guided the Apostle Paul to write of Jesus: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth (Colossians 1:16). Those who reject Jesus as God and the Holy Spirit as the One who will guide you into all truth (John 16:13) are, in fact, rejecting the revelation God gave of Himself as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus left no doubt as to who He was when He said: I and My Father are One (John 10:30; also 5:18; 12:45; 14:9-11,20).

Word Studies:

12:1 let = rented; 12:17 Render = Pay; 12:34 durst = dared; 12:42 mites were coins that had the least value.

Cross References:

For Mark 12:1: See Isa. 5:2. Mark 12:10-11: See Psa. 118:22-23. Mark 12:19: See Deut. 25:5. Mark 12:26: See Ex. 3:3-6. Mark 12:29: See Deut. 6:4. Mark 12:30: See Deut. 6:5. Mark 12:31: See Lev. 19:18. Mark 12:32: See Deut. 4:35. Mark 12:33: See Deut. 6:5; Hos. 6:6. Mark 12:36: See Psa. 110:1. Mark 13:14: See Dan. 9:27; 11:31; 12:11 Mark 13:24: See Isa. 13:10. Mark 13:26: See Dan. 7:13. Mark 13:27: See Deut. 30:4; Zech. 2:6.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for The International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Phillip Stout · BP Staff: Pam Pendergrast · Government Officials: Rep. Christopher Shays (CT) and Sen. Jim Talent (MO) · Country: Tuvalu (11,000) nine islands in the southwestern Pacific · Major languages: Tuvaluan and English · Religious freedom · 92% Protestant; 5% Baha'i; 2% Roman Catholic · Prayer Suggestion: Ask the Lord to give you discernment and an understanding heart (I Kings 3:9).

Memory Verse for the Week: I Corinthians 3:17

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