The Authority of Jesus Challenged
chief priests, scribes and elders came up to Jesus to ask him on what authority he does these things. He asks them whether the baptism of John was from heaven or from man. They can't say it was from heaven because John said Jesus was the real deal, they can't say from man because the crowd would stone him to death. So they refused to answer his question, he then replied in kind.
This seems like a pretty lame debate strategy to me, why not just answer the question and say it is from God?
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
A guy planted a vineyard and then left it in the hands of some tenants while he went to another country. When it was time he sent a servant to collect some of the fruits of the vineyard but they beat him up and sent him away empty handed. He tried a few more servants with similar results then sent his son thinking they would respect him. They thought if they killed the heir they would get the vineyard so they killed him. Jesus then asked what the owner would do next and then declared that he would go kill the tenants and give the vineyard to someone else. The disciples said "surely not!" Then Jesus quoted some old thing.
Why are they surprised? What other possible action could the father have at that point? Give up and let the people who killed his son take his property?
Wait a minute I just checked this verses this story in Matthew, the lesson Jesus is teaching is opposite, even though he quotes the same thing "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone". In that story the people listening said the owner should kill the tenants and Jesus said no, the vineyard would be given to those that produce the fruits. Am I misreading this? It literally reads to me like it is saying the opposite thing.
Paying Taxes to Caesar
Some spies tried to listen to Jesus and find some offence that they could arrest him for, they asked if they needed to pay taxes. He said the coin has Caesar's face on it, so they should pay their taxes.
Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection
Some Sadducees ask Jesus a question. According to the law of Moses, if a man dies having a wife and no children his brother must marry his wife. Suppose this happens a bunch of times and one woman wind up married to 7 brothers in sequence. When the resurrection happens who is she married to. Jesus says that "those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage"
Jesus is saying you can only get resurrected if you are single. Makes sense given a lot of other stuff he has said (abandon your family to follow me, etc) but this seems to be a far cry from the Christianity of today.
Whose Son Is the Christ?
How can Christ be David's son, for David calls him lord
Beware of the Scribes
Jesus doesn't like the scribes