- Verses 1-12. How does this parable clarify Christ’s unique position in relation both to God and to the prophets? What does it teach us: (a) about the character of the motives that lay behind his final rejection, and (b) about his own expectation of vindication and victory?
- Verses 13-17. How does this incident reveal both the wisdom of Christ and the insincerity of his questioners? What important truth was Jesus trying to convey to his questioners? What important truth was Jesus trying to convey to them and of what relevance is this to us? Cf. Rom. 13:1, 2.6, 7.
- Verses 18-27. The Sadducees were obviously attempting to make spiritual truth look ridiculous by interpreting it with the grossest of literalness. How does Christ show them their mistake? On what grounds does he base the certainty of the resurrection?
Note. Verses 1-12. Since the Lord was obviously using Isaiah 5:1-7 as an Old Testament backcloth for this parable of judgment. His hearers would know that he was referring to Israel, and that this was yet another parable of judgment. See Mark [TNTC], pp. 258-261.
- Verses 28-34. Jesus pronounced this scribe to be ‘not far from the kingdom of God’. What would he have needed to do to enter in?
- Verses 41-44. Jesus did not deny that the rich gave much, but merely stated that the widow had given more. What does this teach us about the way God measures our giving? How do we match up to this standard? Cf. 2 Cor. 8:12; 9:7.
- The scribes undoubtedly had an intellectual mastery of Scripture and they professed to accept its authority without question. Why then did Christ condemn them and in what way is this a warning to us? Cf. Luke 12:47, 48.
- Verses 1-13. Notice how Christ translates the abstract enquiry of his disciples into the personal and moral realm. What spiritual dangers does he warn them about? How can we prepare ourselves to meet similar dangers?
- Verses 14-23. What is foretold here? How are Christ’s followers to act when it happens? To whom are they to look for deliverance? Of what are they to beware? What can we learn from such a passage concerning God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility?
- Verse 14. ‘The desolating sacrilege’: this is the sign of the impending destruction of the temple for which the disciples had asked (verses 1-4). It refers to the desecration of the holy place by Roman invaders. Cf. Dan. 11:31.
- Verse 15. ‘On the roof of the house’: the flat roofs of houses in Palestine were used for places of rest and social intercourse. Cf. Acts 10.9.
- Among the many puzzling details of this passage concerning the coming of the Son of man, what are the facts about which we can be certain? What particular error do we need to avoid?
- If we are expecting Christ to return, what difference should this make to the way we lives, and why? Cf. 2 Pet. 3:10a, 11b, 14.
- Verses 24, 25. The phraseology may, as in the Old Testament, symbolize national and international upheavals. Cf. Is. 13:10; 34:4; Ezek. 32:7, etc.
- Verses 33-37. ‘Watch’: i.e., be wakeful and alert.