They hated what Jesus said about them because they had fallen in love with what their theology said about them.
“The chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching” (Mark ).
As the apostle Paul warns, The scribes worked hard to appear a certain way, being quick to judge and condemn others, while secretly protecting pet-sins in their own hearts.
They relentlessly tried to ambush Jesus by proving he had broken the law, when in reality he had come to fulfill it in their place.
Also, a 1996 award-winning Levi’s television ad makes use of this legend.
As soon as he’s declared Son of God in the Gospel of Mark, he’s driven into the wilderness to face Satan, his first and greatest adversary (Mark ).