- Relate the search for the colt?
- What does Jesus curse?
- What causes the Jews to want to kill Jesus?
- What lesson does Jesus give his apostles?
- How does Jesus deal with the question of authority?
- What Did Jesus Do? (The World Turned Upside Down) – Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, which is the beginning of the end of Jesus earthly ministry + They get us thinking about how Jesus turned the world upside down. – In this article we once again find a writer who does not see the truth about Christ and thinks “God didn’t want us to get lost, so God came to earth in human form to bring us back to himself.” He wrongly says “Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us.” not wanting to accept the words of the Almighty God Who declared Jesus to be His beloved son. “Look! a Voice out of the Sky, saying, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”” (Mt 3:17 MHM)
- Lent in a Dish 2021 Week 6: Jesus is Welcomed to Jerusalem
- Mark 11: Mark’s Account of the Triumphal Entry
- Mark 11 – Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey in an action parable. He tells a fig tree not to bear fruit ever again, in another action parable. He clears out an area of the temple in yet another action parable.
- The King We Need – The triumphal entry of Jesus was spoken of many years before by the prophet Zechariah, so for those among the Passover pilgrimage who were paying attention it would not have been surprising. And it seems the people knew their bibles because when they saw Jesus riding the young donkey they knew how to interpret it. The crowd got excited that this Messiah figure was finally making a move for the throne and they didn’t hesitate to pick up the palm fronds and hail Jesus as King, just as it was prophesied.
- They Knew He Was There – The crowd affirmed him as the one who comes in the name of Yahweh and as the one who comes to reinstitute the kingdom of David. Its religious and political. He intended to make a ruckus.
- Jesus’ Final Week, part 1– Mark 11:1-11
- Jesus’ Final Week, part 2– Mark 11:12-33
The One Who is Coming! – Zechariah stated that the King would come in humility. Jesus was most certainly clothed in humility during His earthly time. This was confusing to the disciples and Jewish followers because they believed that the Messiah would come and take over the kingdom, conquering their enemies, and restating Israel as a great, even greater kingdom. But that’s not what happened. + He descended from the seed of David and is the One whose kingdom will never fade! And yet with all of their words of adoration, there was no realization of who they were praising!
- Wednesday 2nd March 2022 Jesus does something blatantly Messianic, possibly in an attempt to provoke the Jewish leadership finally into action: he borrows a young donkey, along with its mother, and rides it into Jerusalem. To do this in such a way was an expression of royalty and a fulfilment of Zechariah 9:9. The Jews could not have missed this one!
- “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” ~Religious elites
- The Authority of Jesus! The Greek word for authority in our key text is “exousia.” This word carries a variety of meanings that depict authority, which is understandable because authority is seen in many different ways. – We all understand authority on some level, and either exercises it or have it exercised over us. They understood Jesus carried a level of authority they had never come up against until He showed up. So as Jesus walked into the temple, they met Him and decided that it was time for a confrontation.
- Righteous Anger! – This was not the first time that Jesus saw this activity in the temple, but it was most definitely the time He displayed His great displeasure over their activities. + God’s house was to be a house of prayer but they had turned into a marketplace for their gain.
- He Made a Ruckus
- Mark 11: The Fig Tree and the Prayer That can Move Mountains
- Where do you get cursing a fig tree?
- The Withered Fig Tree – The fig tree has been part of the biblical narrative since Genesis. + Those that believe it was a literal event sees the cursing of the fig tree as a lesson to the Jewish nation. As the fig tree had leaves and no fruit, were the Jewish religious leaders; they had the trappings of fruitfulness, but no fruit. In yet another commentator’s discussion, Israel is the fig tree that produces no fruit, and is therefore cursed, that their mission may be given to another, the Gentiles. > Be careful the article writer is wrongly suggesting “When we speak of having faith in God, it is a profound statement. Looking at the withered fig tree, Jesus is drawing attention to the fact that He is God, and Peter and the others should have faith in Him. ” Jesus is not at all drawing attention to himself but to his heavenly Father Who had sent him.
- Have Faith in God
- The Faith of God! – In Young’s Literal Translation, the phrase is “have faith of God”. Jesus spoke these words to the crowd and then describes to the disciples what God’s faith is like. + God’s faith is not about positive thinking or speaking although it may look like it in some regards. When we exercise the faith of God, we agree with God, what His word says, and then we say it and stand on it no matter what! Daily Devotion: Mark 11:22-23 – Faith makes us stronger and, sometimes I wonder if we even understand what exactly faith is.