Read Mark 12
In today’s reading:
The wicked farmers; the question about the tribute to Caesar; the resurrection; the great commandment; the widow’s offering; the signs of the end of this age
J esucristo was asked by a scribe who asked “What is the first (major) commandment of all? (Mark 12:28). Jesus answered him by quoting the book of Deuteronomy 6: 4-5. «The first commandment of all is: Hey, Israel; the Lord our God is the 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. This is the main commandment ” (Mark 12: 29-30). Jesus then quoted the book of Leviticus 19:18, saying: “And the second is similar: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these ” (12:31).
The Hebrew word “Elohenu” is translated into English as “our God.” However, God chose to use the plural form “Elohim”, meaning “Gods”, some 2,500 times in reference to Himself as existing by His own power, the “One True God . ” This, then, is what the holy proclamation to Israel literally tells us: “ Hey, Israel; the Lord (our Gods), the Lord is One ». Furthermore, the Hebrew word for “Unique” used here is also a solemn declaration that the Lord is a plural unit. The “One” (El-echad) is a word that expresses “one” in a collective sense. In this we see a compound unit – not an absolute unit. For example, God said:“Therefore a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Even with many children, we still call this unit “a” family. The expression “a tabernacle” (Exodus 36:13) included many individual parts. However, there is a word in Hebrew that represents “one” in the sense of an absolute one. It is the word “yacheed” and we see that this word is never used to express Deity, although it is used many times in the Holy Scriptures.
This truth manifests the ignorance of all those who refuse to recognize Jesus as the One True God, the Creator of all things. The Holy Spirit led the Apostle Paul to write about Jesus: “For in him were created all things, those in heaven and those on earth. . . » (Colossians 1:16). All people who reject Jesus as our God and the Holy Spirit as the One who “ us .” . . it will lead into all truth ” (John 16:13) are, in fact, rejecting the revelation of God 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 the Father are One” (John 10:30; see 5:18; 12:45; 14: 9-11,20).
Thought for today:We are going to pray today for those in authority.
Memory Verse of the Week: Psalm 139: 7-8