Mark 11b Notes

Mark11b (vs12-25)                          Notes



12   On the following day, when they came from Bethany, He was hungry.


Perhaps   not imposing too much on the host house and coming to town early...


13   And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if He could   find anything on it.


Public   tree offering potential nourishment to passers-by.


When   He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for   figs.


Previous   season fruit might have been left to dry on the limbs. Never in season for   this tree.


14   And He said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again."


'As   you have been, may you ever be barren.' Curse simply spoken as to animate   being.


And   His disciples heard it.


His   learners overheard this announcement. Will return in the story later...




15   And they came to Jerusalem.   And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who   bought in the temple,


Final   week to freely walk the holy city. Purpose: cleanse the place of worship of   distracting business. See Dt14.24-27.


and   He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who   sold pigeons.


Disrupting   the money exchange & market activities -- in the place of worship.


16   And He would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple.


Even   using the temple grounds as convenient passage out of town -- forbidden   w/wares.


17   And He was teaching them and saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house   shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations?'


Don't   you know that God's house should be a place of prayer -- to draw the world. Do   not subvert this high purpose to your convenience.


Quote   from Isa56.7.


But,   you have made it a den of robbers."


Was   Jesus just condemning the greed of cheating in money exchange? No. Robbers   don't steal IN the den. Quote from Jer7.11.


18   And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to   destroy Him,


This   open and powerful reform in the temple definitely draws the ire of the   leadership.


for   they feared Him, for all the crowd was astonished at His teaching.


but,   they must 'seek' a way to eliminate him -- w/o the public knowing they are   behind it.


19   And when evening came they went out of the city.


He   and followers do not stay in the city at night.




20   As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its   roots.


Tuesday   morning on the way into down, they see the fig tree shriveled from the root.


21   And Peter remembered and said to Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you   cursed has withered."


Connect   Jesus' pronouncement with the evidence > the power of His intent &   word.


22   And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God."


We   expect more when our trust in divine store and power is firm.


23   Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown   into the sea,'


Formidable   obstacles are subdued only by true belief. Only a firm reliance on God could   expect such a huge impediment to give way.


and   does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to   pass,


This   stand must be taken w/o reticence. Unflinching confidence in success.


it   will be done for him.


Firm   Promise of divine response: it WILL be done.


24   Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have   received it, and it will be yours.


Clear   application: pray precisely for what you need -- and be sure it is already   yours!


25   And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone.


A   pivotal condition: human co-worker must partake divine quality of mercy.


so   that your Father also who is heaven may forgive you your trespasses.


Our   own flaws are also many, and we require mercy to be received by God. So, we   must extend it.



notes by David Teel Saturday, August 16, 2014