the Jesus of the gospels is apparently popular with the people so it fits the expected patternWhy did the common people hear him gladly? I don't understand that part. Is this something that can be extracted explicitly from Mark?
there is just a general popularity surrounding him. basically due to wise answers and wisdom
to the problem, the 'bible school' answer is Jesus hints the Messiah is way, way higher than just a descendant of David
so they suggest Jesus refers to himself. But. The passage mentions a spiritual interpretation of the Torah, the kingdom, the Holy Spirit and then moves on to widows which has a wisdom allusion maybe. it looks like Jesus is saying the Messiah is the Spirit/Wisdom not a man (which would agree with some parts of the epistles where Christ is equated to wisdom)