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A Journey Through the New Testament Letters

Kyle Thompson

Kyle Thompson

Hey! I am Kyle Thompson, husband to Lucina for 30 years. We continue the adjustment of fully releasing our kids (now young adults) in this next stage of life. I am thankful for the hard/painful years of marriage that led to a sweetness only Christ and His transformation could produce.

Our son, Jordan, graduated from TCU in 2011 and lives in California. Our daughter, Audrey, will graduate in May from Texas A&M and work as a petroleum engineer for a Dallas-based oil and gas company. We are excited about adding a son-in-law in June!!

February 24, 2012

RADICAL GENEROSITY

Mark 12
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Mark 12

The Parable of the Tenants

12:1 And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season came, he sent a servant [1] to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone; [2]

11 this was the Lord's doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

12 And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away.

Paying Taxes to Caesar

13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone's opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, [3] but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” 15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius [4] and let me look at it.” 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar's.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” And they marveled at him.

The Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man [5] must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”

24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”

The Great Commandment

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Whose Son Is the Christ?

35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.’

37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.

Beware of the Scribes

38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

The Widow's Offering

41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. [6] 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 12:2 Greek bondservant; also verse 4
[2] 12:10 Greek the head of the corner
[3] 12:14 Greek you do not look at people's faces
[4] 12:15 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
[5] 12:19 Greek his brother
[6] 12:42 Greek two lepta, which make a kodrantes; a kodrantes (Latin quadrans) was a Roman copper coin worth about 1/64 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)

Comments

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  1. Mary C


    Feb 27, 2012 19:46

    I'm so grateful for a response. After sharing what I've never shared I soon felt shame which I know is not from God, so I uninvited Satan to my brain. I've never even thought of that before. Just sharing my story has helped me breathe deeper. Thank you for your helpful and gracious response and your time. Thank you for praying for me.

  2. kyle t.


    Feb 27, 2012 02:23

    thank you for your question Mary C. I am sorry for your discouragement in midst of circumstances. Know that God loves you and walks thru all our situations that are fearful to us. I John 4:15-21 is a passage that reminds me that God loves and cares for me in midst of all I am experiencing. In reference to the situation with you and your husband I would encourage you to follow God's guidance in Matthew 18:15-16 as you help your husband and bring others in that you are in relationship with to help you both. The Moneywise material is available for you to use wherever you reside by clicking the link and downloading. I would encourage you to print it out and walk thru this material with 2 or 3 other couples you are in relationship with in your church. Praying now for you Mary. Warm Regards, kyle t

  3. Susan Coy


    Feb 25, 2012 04:13

    Kyle, as many others have commented....you live out radical generosity and have been a great example for others to do the same. Grateful for your life, leadership and example....all are a blessing to me :)

  4. Eric C


    Feb 24, 2012 20:56

    Thanks for the great (and convicting) reminder Kyle, and most importantly, your selfless service to the body of Christ.

  5. Mary C


    Feb 24, 2012 09:30

    I don't live in Tex., cannot do the Moneywise. Married almost 40 years, here's my situation: we were very traditional by choice, I was a stay home mom. Didn't haveknowledge of any money mgt plans, thought my businessman husband had it all under control. About a decade ago, I was shocked t discover no college $$ saved for our 4 kids. Also, other financial problems. Thrutheyears we supported FCA, Young Life, etc, and i was always quick to say, can we help or can we sponsor a child, etc..So this revelation was like a bad dream....My great sadness and the "who have I been living with" thoughts began to marinate my heart. It's been a process, the swirl of emotions and stress...sort of peaked about 5 years ago when it hit me: I've lost respect. Thru it all, no poor behavior, I pray daily to show him love, kindness and acceptance, and for the HS to fill my heart. Fear is very palatable to me. I don't want to live with this, but my culture tells me I've no great marketable skills, only a bachelors degree. Husband won't go to counseling. Can you give me a thought process to put in place, or...something. Thank you

  6. Jim


    Feb 24, 2012 06:27

    Kyle, Thanking God for your example of servant leadership to Watermark and to the body of Christ. May all of us on The Journey be like this widow woman as we follow Jesus. Jim

  7. Jordan


    Feb 24, 2012 05:44

    I can't wait to bring the MoneyWise curriculum to my community. What a great reminder to chech how I stewart the resources that God has entrusted to me. So thankful for the ways you have modeled this well-I am excited to be challenged and thrilled to grow

  8. Leonard


    Feb 24, 2012 05:39

    Thanking God for you - for your consistant example of stewardship! Thanks for pointing us to truth today!

  9. David Leventhal


    Feb 24, 2012 05:26

    Kyle - thanks for your words this morning. I wholeheartedly agree with my friends who have commented before me that what makes your devo so powerful is the consistency in your life in this area. You and Lucina have been a tremendous encouragement to Missy and me (& to many, many others) as you guys have led out in this area. Thanking the Lord for you and your leadership in our body.

  10. Sue Bohlin


    Feb 24, 2012 05:12

    Hey there, beloved Burundi buddy! ::big smile:: How cool of the Lord to assign you this passage of the widow with the big heart, when that is an area where Jesus has transformed you! Thank you for leading us with generosity and integrity. I love seeing the joy and, well, FUN on the faces of people who get to give away chunks of God's money! I was struck by this chapter's bookends of two very different kinds of fear. Mark tells us twice, at the end of chapter 11 and the beginning of chapter 12, that the religious leaders were beset by fear of the people. The poor widow, on the other hand, clearly had a holy fear of the Lord. Fear of man restricts and chokes off life, but fear of the Lord expands and earns His approval and affirmation. In fact, this morning I added to my ongoing list of "things that please the Lord" the widow's generosity and trust in Yahweh. I can just imagine Jesus sitting there across from the giving trumpets where people dropped in their offerings, watching this dear lady give all she had, His heart swelling with love as His face breaks out in a warm smile. May we all make Jesus smile as we trust Him with HIS finances!

  11. Brandon Avance


    Feb 24, 2012 04:44

    Good word and great questions. "Full devotion is reflected in how I steward resources." What a call and a challenge today.

  12. Sheri


    Feb 24, 2012 04:35

    I agree with Brett- you " brought it" by not only teaching us through God's Word, and not your own ideas, but also in how you and Lucina live this out daily. Thanks Kyle!!

  13. Lucina


    Feb 24, 2012 04:21

    I loved seeing your handsome face this morning. As your wife, no one can testify better how well you live this passage out. I see it everyday and thank you for leading me to give radically. It's exhilarating to let our resources go to bigger and better (in God's economy) things. I can't wait to see what giving opportunities God brings across our path this year...and may we be found faithful to let it go when he does!

  14. Julie Hildebrand


    Feb 24, 2012 04:18

    Wonderful word this morning, Kyle. I especially was "encouraged" by your statement, "as long as I tithed, I was free to use "my" money how I wanted". I too have been a "checked box" thinker concerning my money and my time -- if I gave some to the Lord, the rest was mine to do with as I saw fit. Not so. Not so with my money, my time, my thoughts, my kids, or anything else the Lord has given me. All His, all for His glory. Thanks for your words this morning!

  15. Todd Wagner


    Feb 24, 2012 03:39

    Loved being with you this morning friend with this word on your lips and heart.. May the Lord continue to grow us all in this area as well as use us to grow each other. I am humbled and thankful for how you lead us all already and I am praying your best days of leadership and my/our best days of encouraging you as we lead/steward are still to come. Pressing on with you.

  16. Paul Rutherford


    Feb 24, 2012 03:10

    Thank you, mr. Thompson. Questions two and three were particularly helpful as I prayed them to God this morning. Thank you!

  17. Barry


    Feb 24, 2012 02:56

    Encouraging words this morning and totally consistent with the encouragement we've received by observing your heart and actions over the years. Thank you and Lucina for all of the ways you encourage the Wmk community to live radical lives of full devotion to Him. We love being on this journey with you.

  18. Kelly Batt


    Feb 24, 2012 01:23

    Kyle, how wonderful to see you this morning! You continue to be such an example of Christ's desire for each of us. I never cease to be encouraged by you and Lucina. Much love to you all!

  19. Robert McFarlane


    Feb 24, 2012 01:20

    Appreciate your encouragement and the reminder that it is all His.

  20. Brett Johnston


    Feb 23, 2012 03:31

    KLT way to bring. I know no one who does a better job at living this than you. You greatly have encouraged and grown Sheri and me in this area. Glad to be in it with you.

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