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Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
And welcome once again to ‘The Gospel of Mark’!
If you’ve been here before, you know the drill. Otherwise, click on ‘the gospel of mark’ tag to check out my first ten summaries of this book from the Holy Bible. This Biblical blog post series by me covers what happened in Jesus’ life via the viewpoint of Mark, who was Apostle Peter’s companion.
Previously in Chapter 10 of Mark’s Gospel, there was the question of divorce being raised by the Pharisees to Jesus; little children being brought to Jesus and a rich man asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus also predicts his death a third time; James and John make a request and blind Bartimaeus receives his sight.
Let’s find out what happens to Jesus in Chapter 11 of Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy!
The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 11
This chapter begins when Jesus comes to Jerusalem as a King. This is where the Easter story of Jesus begins. As they come to Jerusalem; Jesus sends two disciples, telling them to go to the village and find a colt. They are to untie the colt and tell anyone that the Lord needs it and they will send it back.
This the two disciples do, as they find the colt in the village, untie it and tell some people what Jesus had told them to say. They were let go and the two disciples brought the colt to Jesus. Jesus soon sat on this colt, with the disciples’ cloaks on it, and road into Jerusalem with many people greeting him.
Some people spread their cloaks on the road and some spread branches onto it. Some shouted things like “Hosanna!”; “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” and “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Jesus eventually entered Jerusalem as well as in the temple courts with his disciples.
Next day, Jesus curses a fig tree. As he and his disciples were leaving Bethany, Jesus saw a fig tree in the distance. Jesus was hungry and went to see if he can find any fruit on this fig tree. There was nothing there on that tree and Jesus cursed it as he said, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”
As Jesus entered the temple courts of Jerusalem on that day, he began to clear out those who were buying and selling. Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. He told them his father’s house is a house of prayer, but they made it a den of thieves.
The chief priests and the teachers of the law were not happy about this and they began to look for a way to kill Jesus. They feared him since the crowd of people were amazed at his teaching. Evening then came and Jesus and his disciples left the city. Next day, Jesus’ group came to that fig tree again.
They saw the fig tree was withered from its roots. Peter pointed this out to Jesus and Jesus told him to ‘have faith in God’. He tells his disciples that whatever they ask for prayer, he tells them to believe they will receive it and it will be theirs. He also tells them to forgive those who rebuke them praying.
Jesus and his disciples then entered Jerusalem again and walked into the temple courts. Jesus’ authority then got questioned as the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. They asked what authority he has on doing the things he does and who gave him that authority.
Jesus answered by asking them one question. He told them if they answered his question, he will tell them what authority he has to do these things. He asked them was John’s baptism from heaven or from human origin. The chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders discussed this question.
The chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders were afraid to answer since everyone believed that John the Baptist was a prophet. After a while, they answered Jesus that they do not know. Jesus then told them that he would not tell them by what authority he is able to do these things.
That’s it for Chapter 11 of Mark’s Gospel. Stay tuned next week for Chapter 12.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!