this is the parable of the tenants and the landowner was extraordinarily patient. If the vineyard owner was God and he sent prophets who are mistreated or killed and finally his son. the people were probably the Israelis at that time. also should they pay taxes to Caesar? then the woman with 7 brothers as husbands. this whole chapter is about giving and the first story is about what is due to God, the second is what is due to Caesar. it finally ends with the poor widow giving everything. he is speaking out against the Herodians who were the leaders of the Jews at that time. this gospel came out in the 70-80s amid the destruction of the temple snd Jerusalem. the Herodians were people working with and for Herod in the 30s. this chapter is about the rabbi type of questioning, challenge and response format. the last section of ch. 11 questioned Jesus authority and in 12 his answers to rabbinic questions which were intended to trip him up. Babylon was a veiled reference to Rome because you didn’t criticize the Romans. anathema was the split between those who had to pay the temple tax and those who didn’t. early Christians didn’t want to pay taxes so said they weren’t Jews. this raised the whole problem of whether Christians had to become Jews first. the Sadducees only believed in the Pentateuch.
Jeff gives the reason for having the young man who lost his linen cloth and ran away. he said it was John Mark. we discussed the woman he poured the nard over Jesus. was his statement about giving to the poor a weak statement? is thus like people attacking the poor today? was Judas predestined to do betray Jesus. Jesus really condemned him and said it would be better if he had never be born. chuck had a version whose notes said that Judas hated Jesus. Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him and that was why Jesus chose him. Why is this story told as it was. does the time influence how Mark wrote this story. Judas was probably one of the scariot sect, the dagger people, who had assassinated people they opposed. there was a version of this story without Judas and he was added afterwards for the affect. Dan is going on about how god is somewhere in the future and knows about what is happening to us now. Jim was saying that he had seen the last supper in Haiti and everyone was black except for Judas who was white interesting. what changed Europe more, the reformation or the discovery of the new world?
Tom led our discussion of Reclaiming Jesus. Bill suggested that in many ways things are going very well economically and political. chuck says there are strong issues that are protested and rightly so. he thinks that the protesters today maybe demeaning and disrespectful of their elders. what is truth is a real question. there is a lot of disruption that has occurred. the situation is worsened by our president being a megalomaniac. Jesus made extreme statements about what we should do in our lives and how we should treat others. historically violence is a part of social change. Sinclair Lewis’ book It can’t happen here might be a good thing to read and understand how so many small changes can make a huge change and undermine our way of life. why isn’t the problem of incarceration included. Here is the link to this article http://reclaimingjesus.org/