Love is greater than knowledge
Mark wrote a Gospel about the life and ministry of Jesus for a Gentile audience. After Peter's confession of Jesus as the Messiah, Mark depicts the growing confrontations between the Jewish religious leaders (Sadducees, Pharisees, and Scribes [teachers of the Law]) and Jesus. They had been engaging Jesus in theological debates, losing, and being shamed. Jesus now teaches in the temple courts and presents a theological conundrum.
The Messiah is to come from the stump/root of Jesse (Isaiah 11), who is David's father. Jesus quotes Psalm 110 where the Lord (YHWH in Hebrew) says to my Lord (Adonai in Hebrew) that He will destroy His enemies. If David is superior to the Messiah as they believed, how could David call the Messiah his Lord (Adonai)? Any religious leaders that would have been listening in the temple courts would not have been able to answer this theological question that demonstrates the superiority of the divine Messiah over the earthly bloodlines of the kings of Israel.
The Scribes, Sadducees, and Pharisees knew the Scriptures. But they did not have an understanding of what they truly meant. Many Christians today also know their Bibles but do not have a true understanding. Reading and knowing Scripture is important, but the Bible is not to be only read and studied. We are to apply it and live it out. If we are known as people who know the Word but do not love, then we have missed the mark too.
Donald English, The Message of Mark: The Mystery of Faith, The Bible Speaks Today, ed. John R. W. Stott (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1992), 201.
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