Daily Bible Reading

March 26, 2024

Mark 12:28–44(GNT)

God’s Guiding Word: Prayer


Mark 12:28–44: While in Jerusalem, Jesus continues to teach his followers. In today’s reading, he quotes from Deuteronomy 6:4–5 and Leviticus 19:18 when teaching about the most important commandment. Jesus denounces the teachers of the Law; and while sitting in the Temple, he observes people as they present their monetary gifts.

Today’s Key Verse: Mark 12:30

[Jesus said:] “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”


28 A teacher of the Law was there who heard the discussion. He saw that Jesus had given the Sadducees a good answer, so he came to him with a question: “Which commandment is the most important of all?”

29 Jesus replied, “The most important one is this: ‘Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second most important commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment more important than these two.”

32 The teacher of the Law said to Jesus, “Well done, Teacher! It is true, as you say, that only the Lord is God and that there is no other god but he. 33 And you must love God with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your strength; and you must love your neighbor as you love yourself. It is more important to obey these two commandments than to offer on the altar animals and other sacrifices to God.”

34 Jesus noticed how wise his answer was, and so he told him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”

After this nobody dared to ask Jesus any more questions.

35 As Jesus was teaching in the Temple, he asked the question, “How can the teachers of the Law say that the Messiah will be the descendant of David? 36 The Holy Spirit inspired David to say:

‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    Sit here at my right side
    until I put your enemies under your feet.’

37 David himself called him ‘Lord’; so how can the Messiah be David’s descendant?”

A large crowd was listening to Jesus gladly. 38 As he taught them, he said, “Watch out for the teachers of the Law, who like to walk around in their long robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplace, 39 who choose the reserved seats in the synagogues and the best places at feasts. 40 They take advantage of widows and rob them of their homes, and then make a show of saying long prayers. Their punishment will be all the worse!”

41 As Jesus sat near the Temple treasury, he watched the people as they dropped in their money. Many rich men dropped in a lot of money; 42 then a poor widow came along and dropped in two little copper coins, worth about a penny. 43 He called his disciples together and said to them, “I tell you that this poor widow put more in the offering box than all the others. 44 For the others put in what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is, put in all she had—she gave all she had to live on.”


What does Jesus say are the two most important commandments? What are your thoughts about what Jesus said? Compare verses 38–40 with what takes place when a poor widow places her two coins in the offering box (verses 41–44). Some teachers of the Law accepted large sums of money from widows for giving advice or for praying for them, and sometimes the widows even gave over their houses in payment. In commending the widow for her offering, was Jesus also condemning the actions of the teachers of the Law? Explain.


Lord God, I love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. With praise and thanksgiving, I offer you my humble and repentant heart as I seek to serve you and my neighbors with a spirit of love and generosity. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Mark 14:1–31: Jesus observes the Passover with his disciples.

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