HOST: Ron House
And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.” ’ David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.
This is the same event that we considered in yesterday’s reading, but Mark adds a different dimension to it. While Matthew (writing to the Jews) focuses on the Jewish reaction to Jesus’ statements, Mark (writing to a Gentile audience) chooses to focus on the reaction of “the common people.” These common people were the poor of society, the ones without wealth, notoriety, or position. They lacked the level of education or understanding of the Law of Moses that the Pharisees and Scribes enjoyed, but they understood the teaching of Jesus. Not only did they understand it, they received it “gladly.” They rejoiced in knowing that the prophecies had been fulfilled, the Messiah had come, and that He stood before them in the person of Jesus. Though their lives were simpler and their education inferior, their faith was stronger, and their hearts were open to receiving Jesus as the Son of God. They, and not the religious elites of the day, stand as patterns and examples for our lives today.
Why do you think “the common people” were more willing to believe?
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