At first glance it might feel like morality isn’t a very applicable subject for us personally, but arguments around morality are driving the majority of our headlines in the news today.
The #metoo movement is a conversation around morality. The conversations around immigration right now are a conversation around morality. Racism, abortion, equality are all conversations, at the base level, around morality, and in Mark 12 we are going to see three sub-points; 1. The Background. 2. The Rebuke. 3. The Training.
Mark 12:28, “28 One of the scribes came up and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?”
The Scribes were the teachers of the law, like Pharisees, but the Scribes had the responsibility of meticulously preserving God’s Word and replicating God’s Word, so Scribes are like Guardians of the Bible.
In verse 28 the Scribe has been listening to Jesus engage these arguments that we have covered the last two Sundays, and the Scribe says to Jesus, “That’s a pretty good response, but “What commandment is the foremost of all?”
This question isn’t like a memory question, and Jesus just needs to recall the correct information, but this question is to create division, because Jesus has a large following of people and each group of people would have certain commandments that they focused on more than others, so the Scribe is trying to get Jesus to show His cards.