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Mark 12:1-12 The Power of the Story

Jezabel would kill all God's prophets, if she could

Jezabel would have killed all God’s prophets, if she could have

Jesus is still in the temple today. He was just confronted by the chief priests and scribes about Whose authority He was ministering in. They didn’t get the answer they wanted and now Jesus is about to add more fuel to their fuming hearts.

Jesus chooses to share a parable about a vineyard owner and his tenants. We all know this story pretty well. We looked at in when we addressed Matthew’s telling of it. You can revisit that story of The Wicked Tenants if you want to.

When sharing Matthew’s account we put ourselves in the story as it was told. Today I want to live the story through the history of Israel instead. The chief priests and scribes actually listening to Jesus’ story that day recognized that He was speaking of them. We are going to look at exactly how the religious leaders behaved as these tenants. Read more »

Mark 11:27-33 Fear Forbade an Answer

Who caught who?

Who caught who?

Jesus and His disciples are in the temple again. Jesus went there every morning after coming in from Bethany. Today was no exception. This is the third day of His visit, as far as I can tell. This is right after seeing the withered tree on the way into town.

I just noticed that Matthew’s account has the chief priests and scribes approach Jesus early on in the day. Matthew 21:23 says, “And when He entered the temple.” Mark tells us Jesus “was walking in the temple” (verse27). I don’t know if this is right after Jesus got to the temple or if He was walking around ministering to those who couldn’t get to Him. This also begs the question, what “things” the chief priests and scribes were referring to. Were they asking about yesterday’s cleansing of the temple? Were they talking about the people Jesus was healing, currently or previously? Were they talking about Jesus’ teaching, currently or previously? What were they trying to build their case on? Read more »

Mark 11:20-26 Mountain Moving Faith

Lessons from a fig tree

Lessons from a fig tree

We are on the way back into Jerusalem again this morning with Jesus and His disciples. On the way Peter notices the fig tree from the day before. The withered fig tree is now about to serve a purpose greater than it could have ever known.

Let me start out by saying that I feel sorry for the fig tree. When Jesus approached it looking for fruit, it wasn’t the right season. I shared with you about the two fruit seasons the last time we looked at this lonely tree. We also discussed the quality of those two fruits. But why did it have to die? It was doing exactly what a fig tree was supposed to do, wasn’t it? Maybe it was for this lesson alone. Read more »

Mark 11:15-19 A House of Prayer

Jesus cleans the temple

Putting the temple in order

Jesus is back in town today. We got to eavesdrop on Him while He was on the way back during the fig tree incident. Now He is going to deal with the “highway robbery” going on in the temple.

As near as I can tell, Jesus does His cleaning of the temple right after getting into town. This is a perfect opportunity for Jesus to externalize some of the stress He is undoubtable experiencing. He is down to days left before His ultimate sacrifice. He has several jobs to do before that though. Today’s job is cleaning up the temple, at least for now. I wonder if His actions impacted how business was conducted the rest of the week. Read more »

Mark 11:12-14 No More Figs

Fresh figs for the picking

Missing fruit

Jesus and His disciples made it to Jerusalem in our reading yesterday. It was an amazing ceremony! One not seen in a LONG time. They spent the night in Bethany and are on their way back into the city today. We get a glimpse into their morning trek.

As Jesus is walking along the road, He becomes hungry. He sees a fig tree in the distance. It is full of leaves so He goes over to search for something to eat. I have been looking up a lot of information of when to expect figs from the fig tree. From what I have read, I have learned that the first fruits of a fig tree, called the breba crop, begin growing before the leaves of the tree. The fruit is visible and obvious at this stage but are not ripe or ready to pick. This first crop is also of lower quality in taste. The first crop is produced from the tree’s last year’s nutrients. I wonder if this was the crop Jesus was Read more »