A lot can be learned by the questions people ask. Two physics students wanted to go to a party in a town fifty miles away, even though they had a major physics test first thing the following day. The only way they could go to the party was to spend the night there and return late the next day, too late for the test.
“That’s okay,” one student said. “We’ll tell the professor we had a flat tire. He can’t punish us for having a flat tire.”
The other agreed, so they went to the party and had a wonderful time. When they returned, they told the professor they had had a flat tire and they asked if they could take a makeup test. The professor agreed.
The next day, as they took their seats for the makeup test, the professor handed out a sheet of paper. “There are only two questions on this test, one on each side of the paper,” he said. “Question one is worth 10 percent, and question two is worth 90 percent. Take your time, answer the questions fully and completely. This final will make up 50 percent of your grade.”
Both students read the first question: “Who came up with the theory of relativity?” Both students smiled. “Albert Einstein,” they wrote. What an easy test, they thought as they flipped to the back side of the sheet.
Question 2 was, “Which tire was flat?”
In Mark chapter 12 opposition to Jesus grows to monumental proportions. This chapter contains a few more questions put to Jesus by the religious establishment of the day in an attempt to trap him. Failing this, they abandon this course of action. They ask him no more questions until his trial.
Holman New Testament Commentary – Holman New Testament Commentary – Mark.