Everything Jesus ever had to say about Money: Part 2 (Mark)


Below is every passage in the Gospel of Mark that specifically mentions money. Categorized according to the pattern I began when I did the same thing with Matthew.

Sending Two by Two
These were his instructions:
Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.” — Mark 6:8-11

The Five Thousand
By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him.
“This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
But he answered,
You give them something to eat.

They said to him,
“That would take eight months of a man’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.
When they found out they said, “Five— and two fish.”
Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand. — Mark 6:30-44

False Piety
And he said to them,
You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban’ (that is, a gift devoted to God), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.  And you do many things like that.” — Mark 7:9-13

[The story of the feeding of four thousand, In Mark 8:1-9, does not mention the price of bread. Thus that story is omitted here.]

The Value of a Soul
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? —Mark 8:36-27

A Rich Man
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher, he asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?
Why do you call me good?”  Jesus answered.
No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ ”
“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
Jesus looked at him and loved him.
One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. —Mark 10:17-22

Impossible Things
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again,
Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” —Mark 10:23-27

Rewards
Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!”
I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age ( homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” —Mark 10:28-31

Merchandise
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said,
Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’ ”—Mark 11:12-17

Taxes
Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. They came to him and said,
“Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?
But Jesus knew their hypocrisy.
Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked.
Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.”
They brought the coin, and he asked them,
Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?

“Caesar’s,” they replied.
They Jesus said to them,
Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.
And they were amazed at him. —Mark 12:13-17

Large Gift
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said,
I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything— all she had to live on.” —Mark 12:41-44

Waste?
While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the house of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another,
Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money give to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
Leave her alone,” said Jesus.
Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” — Mark 14:3-9

Reaction
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over. —Mark 14:10-11

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Everything Jesus ever had to say about Money: Part 2 (Mark)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s