Mark Chapter 11
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;
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.
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Mark Chapter 11 Bible commentary...
Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. (1-11) The barren fig-tree cursed, The temple cleansed. (12-18) Prayer in faith. (19-26) The priests and elders questioned concerning John the Baptist. (27-33)1-11 Christ's coming into Jerusalem thus remarkably, shows that he was not afraid of the power and malice of his enemies. This would encourage his disciples who were full of fear. Also, that he was not disquieted at the thoughts of his approaching sufferings. But all marked his humiliation; and these matters teach us not to mind high things, but to condescend to those of low estate. How ill it becomes Christians to take state, when Christ was so far from claiming it! They welcomed his person; Blessed is he that cometh, the "He that should come," so often promised, so long expected; he comes in the name of the Lord. Let him have our best affections; he is a blessed Saviour, and brings blessings to us, and blessed be He that sent him. Praises be to our God, who is in the highest heavens, over all, God blessed for ever.
12-18 Christ looked to find some fruit, for the time of gathering figs, though it was near, was not yet come; but he found none. He made this fig-tree an example, not to the trees, but to the men of that generation. It was a figure of the doom upon the Jewish church, to which he came seeking fruit, but found none. Christ went to the temple, and began to reform the abuses in its courts, to show that when the Redeemer came to Zion, it was to turn away ungodliness from Jacob. The scribes and the chief priests sought, not how they might make their peace with him, but how they might destroy him. A desperate attempt, which they could not but fear was fighting against God.
19-26 The disciples could not think why that fig-tree should so soon wither away; but all wither who reject Christ; it represented the state of the Jewish church. We should rest in no religion that does not make us fruitful in good works. Christ taught them from hence to pray in faith. It may be applied to that mighty faith with which all true Christians are endued, and which does wonders in spiritual things. It justifies us, and so removes mountains of guilt, never to rise up in judgment against us. It purifies the heart, and so removes mountains of corruption, and makes them plain before the grace of God. One great errand to the throne of grace is to pray for the pardon of our sins; and care about this ought to be our daily concern.
27-33 Our Saviour shows how near akin his doctrine and baptism were to those of John; they had the same design and tendency, to bring in the gospel kingdom. These elders did not deserve to be taught; for it was plain that they contended not for truth, but victory: nor did he need to tell them; for the works he did, told them plainly he had authority from God; since no man could do the miracles which he did, unless God were with him.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Gavin MacDonell's Mark Chapter 11 comment on 1/17/2015, 2:07am...
After many years of trying to deny my GOD, I read this chapter this morning after saying The Lords Prayer with my partner of 27 years. Mark Chapter 11 reminds me that I need to forgive all those persons whom I feel have wronged me, so that I may have my daily needs met. This includes the money changers Banks who hound me every day for money I owe them when I no longer have any assets or an income due to my Government who denies me the right to get a job because my skin is "white ". We were not the architects of Apartheid, neither did we believe in it, but we are being "punished " for it. Midyear last year 2014 , we finally ran out of funds and had to give up our Medical Aids. Yesterday, my partner and I went to Gamalakhe Hospital in the south of KwaZulu-Natal to join the Government Medical scheme to get our ARV 's. We were pleasantly surprised by the treatment we received when registering and even though there were thousands of patients at the hospital, we were sent through the correct channels and not only received our ARV 's but were given other medications which we have not been able to get for the last six months. Thus, I would like to say that I forgive my Government for their transgressions against me, a white man in South Africa, by denying me the possibility of getting a salaried job. GOD Bless South Africa and may we all begin to love each other, so that we might grow and prosper as individuals and as a nation.
Palesa dorin's Mark Chapter 11 comment about verse 22 on 1/15/2015, 12:03pm...
I love it! Have faith in God. 11-22
Lilian Kover's Mark Chapter 11 comment on 1/03/2015, 11:13pm...
God wants us to walk with faith and not by sight. Jesus loves us and he already confirmed this to us by shedding His blood for us. Amazing love, that our King died for us because of his love, grace, mercy and this should be the first thing that people must think. We should continue praising and thanking God for what he has done. We should follow Jesus, whoever loves him will keep and love his words until rapture time. His words gives us life, peace, joy that no one can take away. We live because of his forgiveness... We should love Jesus and offer our bodies as the living sacrifice to God... Jesus loves u
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