Mark Chapter 11
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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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Matthew Henry's 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.
Comments for Mark Chapter 11...
PJ Stewart's Mark Chapter 11 comment about verse 24 on 4/24/2013, 9:14pm...
This is the law of attraction! What ever you believe truly, can smell it, taste it, KNOW it with your whole being that it is so, it is SO..
Melisha G's Mark Chapter 11 comment about verse 24 on 4/21/2013, 8:06pm...
it helps me to keep my head up high and always know that Gods word is yes and Amen.
Maureen's Mark Chapter 11 comment on 4/05/2013, 4:21am...
I love Mark 11:24-26 teaches a lot about ourselves as Christians and followers of Christ teachings. If we donít do what He asked us to do, then we are not to be called true believers; and I say ďAMENĒ to the verses.
Jackie's Mark Chapter 11 comment on 3/24/2013, 4:04pm...
I love Mark 11:22-26 because I take it at exactly Jesus words. He is telling us that we can have and do whatever we desire if we have faith and do not doubt our father. Jesus was telling us to believe. Jesus was saying we too could command the fig tree to die and if we had faith then the tree would shrivel for us too. Why make it anything less than his word.
Debbie's Mark Chapter 11 comment about verse 24 on 2/07/2013, 4:11pm...
I so much like this section.
Jay's Mark Chapter 11 comment on 12/19/2012, 3:42pm...
On verse 24, as a reminder that much of what is being read in the gospels before the cross is prophetic doctrine for the Jews to happen after the rapture of the body of Christ (the church). All can be used for spiritual application in this age of grace (church age). We must compare scripture with scripture to achieve absolute truth (John 5:39; I Corinthians 2:13). In verse 23 the mountain represents spiritual obstacle that will come your way to try and interfere with getting you off the course that the lord has placed you on. But with the faith of (Ephesians 3) and allowing Jesus to work through us by humbling ourselves before him and following the rule in James 4:1-3 and Isaiah 40:31, we will overcome any obstacles. And prayers will be answered according to needs and God's plan for our lives. Do not pray for a Rolls Royce when a Chevy will do!
Jay's Mark Chapter 11 comment on 12/19/2012, 12:38pm...
On verses 13 and 24:
1. The fig tree represents the nation of Israel;
2. Jesus saw it afar off like when people view religion, but when a person takes the time to investigate religion closely they begin to see it for what it is (false Christianity). The leaves represent religion that is drenched in the law and dressed in the unbiblical traditions of men (Colossians 2:8). True spiritual fruit (Matthew 7:16) comes from the grace of our lord Jesus Christ working through us, after being born again (Galatians 5:22-26). Of course Jesus did what he always does to nations, denominations, and individuals that are trying to produce heavenly fruits through fleshly seeds, he places an ichabod curse on that unfruitful religious situation.
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