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 Workers For Jesus Online Bible Study Table of Contents

About this Bible Study........The King James Version of the Bible is written in a beautiful form of the English language. It can be hard for modern English readers to understand.  In this study, you will find notes and summaries in brown just above the the verses from the Bible. We recommend that you read the notes and summaries first, and then read the verses in their KJV form. 



Timeline of the Bible


God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood, but saves  Noah and his family.---
 God chooses Abraham and his descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan. ---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead of judges. ----  David is Israel's greatest king. -- Israel divides into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.--- The people of Israel and Judah continue to sin and worship false gods.--- God allows the Assyrians and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and Judah.---   The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia. --- When Persia defeats the Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's Temple in Jerusalem again.--- Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans take control of Israel.--- This book of the Bible covers this time Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected. --- A Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.--- Christianity spreads. --- Paul write letters to Christians in other places. In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed again.

 

The Gospel of Mark


Many people think that Mark was one of Jesus' 12 apostles. But he was not one of them. He was a teenager when Jesus was crucified.
His full name was John Mark, and his mother was a follower of Jesus. Many of Jesus' disciples met in Mark's mother's house in Jerusalem.
In the days of the early church, Mark traveled with Paul and Peter. Later, he started churches in Alexandria, Egypt. The Gospel of Mark is thought to be Mark
writing Peter's memories of Jesus' life and resurrection.
 
 


Mark 10 -12

Jesus talks about marriage and divorce.
A rich young man asks how he can live forever.
Jesus tells His disciples that He will be killed in Jerusalem.
Jesus goes into Jerusalem, and the crowds welcome Him.
Jesus drives the moneychangers out of the temple.
A poor widow donates all of her money to the temple.

 


 

Mark 10


Jesus talks about marriage and divorce.


Jesus went across the Jordan River to the area of Judaea.  People crowded around Him again. He taught them. Some Pharisees came to Him. They wanted to tempt Him so they asked Him a question about divorce.  They asked Him if it was against the law for a man to divorce his wife.
[1] And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.
[2] And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.
 

Jesus asked them what Moses' law said about this.  They said a man could write a letter and divorce his wife.
[3] And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?
[4] And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.


Jesus said that was the law because they had hard hearts.

[5] And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.


Jesus said, "When God created the world, He made male and female. For this reason, a man will leave his mother and father and join his wife. They will not be 2 anymore. They will be 1. When God joins something together, no man should break it apart."
[6] But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
[7] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
[8] And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
[9] What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.


When they got in the house, Jesus' disciples asked Him again about the same subject.
[10] And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.


Jesus said that if a man divorces his wife and marries another woman, he commits adultery against her.
[11] And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.


If a woman divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.
[12] And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

 



Jesus tells His disciples to let the children come to Him.

 

Picture from LaVista Church of Christ

People brought little children to Jesus so that He could touch them. The disciples scolded the people.  When Jesus saw them do that, He was mad.  He told them to let the children come to Him.  They should not tell them no.  He said that the kingdom of God belongs to people who are like children.
[13] And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
[14] But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.


A person cannot enter the kingdom of God unless he is trusting like a little child. Then, He took the children in His arms and touched them and blessed them.
[15] Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
[16] And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.









 


Picture from LaVista Church of Christ


A rich young man asks how he can live forever.


When He was traveling, a man came running to Him.  He kneeled to Him and asked, "Good Master, what do I need to do to live forever?"
[17] And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?


Jesus asked him why he was calling Him good. He said God is the only good One.
[18] And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.


Jesus said he knows the commandments: do not commit adultery, do no kill, do not steal, do not lie, do not cheat, and honor your father and mother.
[19] Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

The man said he had obeyed all of the commandments ever since he was a boy.
[20] And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.


Jesus looked at the man. He loved him and said to him, "There is only one more thing you need to do. You need to go and sell everything you have and give the money to poor people.  Then you will have treasure in heaven.  Come and pick up your cross and follow Me."
[21] Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.


The man was sad when Jesus said that. He went away sadly because he owned many things.
[22] And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
 

Jesus looked around and told His disciples that it is hard for rich people to enter the kingdom of God.
[23] And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!


The disciples were amazed at what He said. Jesus told them more.  He said it is hard for people who trust in wealth to enter the kingdom of God.  He said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

[24] And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
[25] It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.


The disciples were really amazed. They asked each other, "Then, who can be saved?"
[26] And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
 

Jesus looked at them and said, "It is impossible with men. But with God, all things are possible."
[27] And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.


Peter said, "We have left everything and followed You."

[28] Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.


Jesus answered and said, "Truly, I say to you that if a man leaves his home, brothers, sisters, parents, wife, children, or land for My sake and tells people about the gospel, that man will be rewarded but will also be persecuted.   He will be rewarded 100 times in this time.  He will have  100 times as many brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land. He will also be persecuted, but in the world to come, he will live forever.  Many people who are first here on earth will be last. And people who are last here on earth will be first in the kingdom of God.
[29] And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
[30] But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
[31] But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

 



Jesus tells His disciples He will be killed in Jerusalem.



They were going up to Jerusalem.  Jesus went ahead of them. They were amazed and afraid.  Jesus took His disciples aside and started to tell them the things that will happen to Him.  He said, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of man will be arrested and handed over to the chief priests and scribes.  They will sentence Him to death, and will turn Him over to the Gentiles. They will make fun of Him and beat Him and spit on Him.  They will kill Him, and on the third day, He will rise again."
[32] And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,
[33] Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:
[34] And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.


Zebedee's 2 sons, James and John, came to Jesus. They wanted to ask Jesus to do something for them.
[35] And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.


Jesus asked them what they wanted Him to do for them.

[36] And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?


They asked Him if one of them could sit on His right hand and the other one on His left hand when He is in His glory.
[37] They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.


Jesus said, "You don't know what you're asking. Can you drink out of the cup that I drink from? Can you be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"
[38] But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?


They said they could.  Jesus said, "Yes, you will drink from the cup I drink from and be baptized with the baptism that I will be baptized with. But, it is not up to Me to let you sit on My right hand or left hand.  That honor is for the ones it is prepared for."
[39] And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:
[40] But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.


When the other 10 disciples heard what James and John were asking, they were upset with them.
[41] And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.


Jesus called His disciples to Him. He said, "You know that the Gentiles' leaders rule over them. The people with authority use their power over the people they lead.  But it will not be like that with you. The leaders will be the servants of the others. The Son of man did not come for others to do things for Him. But He came to give His life to pay for all."
[42] But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
[43] But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
[44] And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
[45] For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 



Jesus heals a blind man named Bartimaeus.
 

They spent some time in Jericho. As He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and many other people, they saw a blind man.  The blind man's name was Bartimaeus. His father's name was Timaeus. He was sitting by the side of the road begging. 
[46] And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
 

When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to cry out. He said, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me."
[47] And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.


People told him that he should be quiet. But he kept crying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me."
[48] And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

 

Jesus stopped. He commanded for Bartimaeus to be brought to Him.  They called him and told him to be happy because Jesus was calling him. He threw off his robe, stood up, and went to Jesus.
[49] And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
[50] And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.


Jesus asked him what he wanted him to do for him.  Bartimaeus said that he wanted to see again.
[51] And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.


Jesus told him to go because his faith had made him whole. Bartimaeus immediately could see again. Then, he followed Jesus as he traveled.
[52] And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

 



Mark 11


Jesus goes into Jerusalem, and the crowds welcome Him.



They were in the area of Bethphage and Bethany. This was at the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. Jesus sent 2 of His disciples into town.  He said that as soon as they entered the town, they would see a young donkey tied up. No one has ever ridden that donkey. They should get the donkey loose and bring him to Jesus. If anyone asks them what they're doing, they should tell them that Jesus needs it and He will send it back soon.
[1] And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
[2] And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
[3] And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.


The disciples went into the town. They found the donkey tied to a door at a place where 2 roads met. They got the donkey loose.  Some people standing there asked them what they were doing and why they got the donkey loose. They told them that Jesus had told them to do it. The people let them go.  
[4] And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
[5] And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
[6] And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.


They brought the donkey to Jesus. They put their robes on it, and Jesus sat on it.

[7] And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
 

Many people spread their robes on the road. Other people cut down tree branches and covered the road to make it better. 
[8] And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.



Some people walked in front of Jesus and others walked behind Him. They cried, "Hosanna, He is blessed that comes in the Lord's name.  The kingdom of our father David that comes in the name of the Lord is blessed.  Hosanna in the highest."
[9] And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
[10] Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
 

Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple.  He looked around at everything.  By this time, it was evening. Then, He went out to Bethany with His 12 disciples.
[11] And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.


The next day, after they came from Bethany, Jesus was hungry.  He saw a fig tree in the distance. When He got to it, there was no fruit on it. It wasn't time for the fig trees to make fruit yet.
[12] And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
[13] And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.


Jesus said to the tree, "No one will ever eat fruit from you from now on."  The disciples heard Him say that.
[14] And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

 



Jesus drives the moneychangers out of the temple.

 

Picture from LaVista Church of Christ

When they arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus went into the temple. There were people who bought and sold things in the temple. There were people who changed money from different countries.  Jesus threw them all out. Then He  turned over the tables of the people who changed the money.  He wouldn't let anyone carry anything through the temple.
[15] And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
[16] And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
 

Jesus taught His disciples.  He said that scripture says the temple is called the house of prayer for all nations.  But these people have made it a den of thieves.
[17] And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.


The scribes and chief priests heard what Jesus said. They were asking about how they could destroy Him. They were afraid of Him because all of the people were amazed at the things He was teaching.
[18] And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.


In the evening, He left the city.

[19] And when even was come, he went out of the city.




 



Jesus talks about powerful faith.


In the morning as they were walking, they saw the fig tree from the day before. It was dried up from the roots.
[20] And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.


Peter remembered that Jesus had said that no one would ever eat fruit from that tree again.  He said, "Master, look at that tree You cursed. It has withered away."

[21] And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.


Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. I tell you truly that whoever says to this mountain, 'Move and fall down into the sea' and doesn't doubt but believes, then it will happen. He will have whatever he says."
[22] And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
[23] For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.


Jesus said, "So, I say to you that whatever you want when you pray, believe that you will receive it, and you will have it. When you are standing and praying, forgive if you have anything against someone else.  Then, God will forgive you for your sins.  But if you do not forgive others, God in heaven won't forgive your sins."
[24] Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
[25] And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
[26] But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

 



The Jewish leaders ask Jesus questions.


They arrived in Jerusalem again. As Jesus was walking into the temple, the chief priests, scribes, and elders came to Him. They asked Him who gave Him the authority to do the things He has done.
[27] And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
[28] And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?


Jesus said He would ask them a question. If they can answer His question, then He will tell them who gave Him authority to do these things.
[29] And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.


He asked them this question, "The baptism of John. Was it from heaven or from men?"

[30] The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.


Then they discussed this with each other. They said, "If we say John was baptized from heaven, He will ask us why we didn't believe him. But if we say John was baptized from men, we are afraid of what the crowds will do because the crowds felt that John was a prophet."

[31] And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
[32] But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.


So they answered and said they couldn't tell. Jesus answered them back and said that He wouldn't tell them who gave Him the authority to do what He does.
[33] And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

 



Mark 12


Jesus tells a parable about a man who owns a vineyard.
 

Jesus began to talk to them in parables.  This was a parable He told:

A man planted a vineyard (large garden of grapes). He built a fence around it. He dug out a place to mash the grapes. He built a tower. He rented it out to some farmers. Then, he left and went to a country that was far away.
[1] And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.


When it was the season to harvest the grapes, the man sent one of his servants to the vineyard. The servant was supposed to collect part of the grapes for the rent. The grape farmers caught the servant. They beat him up and sent him away with nothing.
[2] And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
[3] And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.


The vineyard owner sent another servant.  This time, the grape farmers threw rocks and hit him in the head. The farmers sent the servant away, and he was in bad shape.

[4] And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.


Again, the vineyard owner sent a servant. This time, the grape farmers killed him. The owner kept sending servants, and they got beaten up or killed.
[5] And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.


Then, the vineyard owner sent his son. He only had one son, and he loved him very much.  He was the last one the vineyard sent. He said that the grape farmers would respect his son.  But the grape farmers talked to each other. They decided to kill the son. They thought they would then get the inheritance.
[6] Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
[7] But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.


So, they killed the son and threw his body out of the vineyard.
[8] And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.


What should the vineyard owner do now? He will come himself and kill the grape farmers. Then, he will give the vineyard to other farmers.
[9] What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.


Jesus asked the scribes and Pharisees, "Haven't you read this scripture, 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the most important cornerstone.'  This was what God did, and it is wonderful in our eyes."
[10] And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
[11] This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?


The scribes and Pharisees wanted to arrest Jesus. But they were afraid of the crowds. They were afraid because they knew that Jesus was talking about them in the parable. They left and went on their way.
[12] And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.

 



The Pharisees and some of Herod's men try to trick Jesus.



The Pharisees and some of Herod's men wanted to trick Jesus into saying something against the law.

[13] And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.


They came to Jesus and asked Him, "Master, we know you are honest. You do not treat some people better than others. You teach God's ways.  Is it against the law to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay it or not pay it?"  Jesus knew they were hypocrites. He said, "Why are you tempting Me.  Bring me a penny so I can look at it."

[14] And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
[15] Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.


They brought the penny to Him.  He asked them whose name and picture was on it. They said it was Caesar's.  Jesus told them they should give to Caesar the things that belong to Caesar. They should give to God the things that belong to God.  They were amazed at His answer.
[16] And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's.
[17] And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

 

Then some Sadducees came to Him.  Sadducees believed that there is no life after death. They asked Him a question about this situation:

A man's brother dies.   The brother's wife is still living. The brother and his wife had no children. Moses' law said that the man must marry his brother's wife and have children. Then the children will be the descendants of his brother.  If the man dies before his brother's wife,  then, she will marry the 3rd brother. This happens again and again and the woman ends up marrying all 7 brothers in the family. When they are resurrected after they all die, which man will the woman be married to?
[18] Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,
[19] Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
[20] Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.
[21] And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.
[22] And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
[23] In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.


Jesus told them they were wrong and they don't know anything about the scriptures of the power of God.
[24] And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?


Jesus said that after people rise from the dead, they won't be married. They will be like the angels in heaven.
[25] For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.


He said they know about people rising from the dead.  God spoke to Moses from the bush.  God said, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." He is not the God of the dead, but He is the God of the living.
[26] And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
[27] He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.


One the scribes came and heard Jesus answering the question. He knew that Jesus had answered the question well.  He asked Jesus which is the first commandment.  Jesus answered and said, "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.  You should love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. That is the first commandment.
[28] And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
[29] And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
[30] And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.


The second commandment is this: You should love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. There is no other commandment greater than this one."
[31] And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.


The scribe said Jesus answered well. He called Him Master and said that He answered with the truth. There is one God and no other but Him. He said you must love Him will all your heart, with all the soul, and with all the strength.  The scribe said that everyone should love his neighbor more than himself. That is more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.

[32] And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
[33] And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Jesus said the man answered well.  He told the man that he was not far from the kingdom of God.  After that, no one ever asked Jesus any more questions.
[34] And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

 



A poor widow donates all of her money to the temple.


Jesus taught in the temple.  He said, "What do the scribes say about Christ? They say He is the Son of David. The Holy Spirit told David what to say, and David said, 'The Lord said to my Lord, sit at My right hand until I make your enemies your footstool. David called Him Lord, so how can he be his son?"  The people who were not scribes or Pharisees were happy with what He said.
[35] And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David?
[36] For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
[37] David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

 

Picture from LaVista Church of Christ

Jesus told the people to be careful of the scribes. They love to wear special clothes and be greeted in public.   They sit in the best seats at the synagogue and the feasts.  But they steal the houses of widows.  They say long prayers just to look good.  They will be greatly punished by God.
[38] And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
[39] And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
[40] Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.


Jesus sat near the donation box. He watched people put money in the box. Many rich people put in a lot of money.  Then, a poor widow came and put in 2 small coins.  Jesus told His disciples that the poor widow gave more than the rich people gave.  They gave what was extra for them, but the widow gave everything she had, even the money she had to live on.

[41] And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
[42] And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
[43] And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
[44] For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.