Following a secession of three questions to Jesus, now Jesus asks a question back to the Scribes. We are reminded of that right from the beginning. But unlike the previous times, there is no record of the Scribes answering this question. This is a theme that Mark has shown right from the beginning that Jesus' authority surpasses that of the Scribes. Ever since he began his teaching ministry, the crowd has been amazed, saying, "What is this? A new teaching

Here comes the third and final question asked by those seeking to have Jesus stumble over his words. As the water begins to increase, the bubbles form on the bottom of the pot; the conflict continues to grow, with no sign of it stopping. Eventually, this conflict would bubble over. The Pharisees came to Jesus and asked about taxes, the Sadducees came to Jesus and asked about marriage in heaven, and now it is the Scribes who come and ask

When boiling water for cooking, you can see the temperature increase as small air pockets form on the bottom of the pot, and as they begin to increase, you know the temperature of the water is rising. Eventually, the water starts to bubble and move rapidly; steam begins to rise from the pot. Jesus had dealt with conflict throughout his ministry; on these occasions, they would seem as if the bubbles were forming on the bottom of the pot, then

A 1997 Peanuts comic strip of the beloved Snoopy begins in the first frame with Snoopy sitting at his typewriter on top of his kennel. "Dear IRS," Snoopy starts to write, "I am writing to you to cancel my subscription. Please remove my name from your mailing list." Taxes are never a fun topic; I have never met an excited person about paying taxes. Without getting into a whole different topic, I will do what I always do, work our

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