Mark 11

Jesus enters Jerusalem fulfilling prophecy 1
Fig tree cursed 12
Temple cleansed den of thieves 15
Fig tree explained 20
Forgiveness depends on forgiveness 25
Jesus' authority challenged 27
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Passion week begins
The triumphal entry. Matt. 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19.
.1 ¶ And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
 2  And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
 3  And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
  1 - Bethphage and Bethany East of Jerusalem. See map.
 4  And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
 5  And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
 6  And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.
 7  And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
 8  And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
.9  And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
.10  Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
.11  And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
  4 - Found the colt Just as Jesus had said v2. The animal would not have normally been at the street but in the courtyard.
  4 - Where two ways met The Greek is unclear. The KJV here is okay. NKJV omits the phrase. RSV reads "in the open street."
  5 - What do ye? Colt theft was, no doubt, a crime.
  10 - Blessed ... kingdom See also mt21.
  11 - Into the temple This was a disappointment to those who were ready to make him king. The sorrow was even greater when He died on the cross.
  11 - Looked It was His house v17. Soon He would leave never to return mt2337.
.12 ¶ And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
 13  And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
 14  And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
  Compare lu1306ff.
Second temple cleansing. Luke 19:45-58; Matt. 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19.
.15  And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
 16  And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
.17  And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
 18  And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
 19  And when even was come, he went out of the city.
  17 - My house The temple was the house of Christ. He had commissioned its wilderness form ex2508. The temple services represent His work for our salvation ps7713.
  17 - All nations This point the Jews of Jesus' time overlooked, feeling that somehow being descendants of Abraham made them better than others jn0839.
.20  And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
 21  And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
 22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
.23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
 24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
.25  And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
 26  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
  25 - Stand See on lu1811.
  26 - Forgive Our forgiveness is conditional. To not forgive means holding hatred in our heart. See 1jo0315. But what if my enemy doesn't say he's sorry? That's not my problem. Jesus clarifies that our forgiveness doesn't depend on the other person's repentance. The one who is still trespassing against us is to be forgiven mt0614. On the other hand if he owes us something it's still due but our attitude toward him is to be kind.
Jesus authority questioned. Luke 20:1-8; Matt. 21:23-27; Mark 11:27-33.
.27 ¶ And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
 28  And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
 29  And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
 30  The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
 31  And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
 32  But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
 33  And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

  27 - They came again The leaders challenge the authority of Jesus. Also recorded at mt2123, lu2001.
  29 - Answer me These words are recorded only by Mark.
  33 - Neither do I tell you They had forfeited their right to continue the discussion. They must have wanted evidence against Him.
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