The Sadducees are often referred to as theologically “conservative.” This is because they only affirmed the books of Moses (our Pentateuch) as inspired. On the other hand, the Pharisees were “progressive” because they embraced all 39 books of the Old Testament, as well as oral tradition. Regardless, both groups rejected the truth about Jesus and their rejection turned hostile. The encounters are sad because, in rejecting Jesus, they rejected their only hope to be saved from their sins. The encounters are sad because, in rejecting Jesus, they demonstrated that, though religious, they knew neither Scripture nor the power of God. That is a terribly sad way to live and even more terribly sad way to die. May God help us to reject such unbelief. Instead of sad, may we be glad.
Scripture References: Mark 12:18-27
An exposition of the Gospel of Mark by Doug Van Meter.
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|Approved, and Proved (Mark 1:9–13)||Doug Van Meter||18 Mar 2018||Watch||Listen|
|The Gospel of the Kingdom (Mark 1:14–15)||Doug Van Meter||25 Mar 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Answer the Call (Mark 1:16–20)||Doug Van Meter||8 Apr 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Mark 1:21–28)||Doug Van Meter||22 Apr 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Part 2) (Mark 1:29–34)||Doug Van Meter||13 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Praying in the Wilderness (Mark 1:35–39)||Doug Van Meter||20 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Merciful Indignation (Mark 1:40–45)||Doug Van Meter||27 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Forgiveness (Mark 2:1–12)||Doug Van Meter||3 Jun 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Scandalous Salvation (Mark 2:13–17)||Doug Van Meter||10 Jun 2018||Watch||Listen|