Mark 11 Outline
– Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Mark 11:1-11)
– Jesus chased out those that are buying and selling at the temple (Mark 11:12-19)
– The fig tree that Jesus placed a curse became withered (Mark 11:20-26)
– Jesus’ authority questioned (Mark 11:27-33)
Mark 11 Bible Study
In Mark 11:1-11, Jesus sent two of his disciples into the village to untie a donkey and its colt so that he can ride on them into Jerusalem. The disciples found the donkey and colt as Jesus instructed them and they brought them to him. The people throw their clothes on the back of the colt so that Jesus can sit on them. They also spread their cloaks and branches on the road. As Jesus enter into Jerusalem, they shout praises to him.
In Mark 11:12-19, Jesus was hungry so he came to a fig tree. When he found that there is no fruit on the fig tree, he placed a curse on it. Then, Jesus entered into temple and drive out those who are buying and selling. Jesus cast them out because the temple is a house of prayer but they have defile it by conducting business in the area. Jesus does not want us to carry out any commercial activity at the church. All the events that are held at the church should be offered for free of charge to the people. If the church provides food, it should be served to the people as free. Many churches sell food to their members. Many churches have also conducted business on the Sabbath day. On the Sabbath day, you cannot sell. The Sabbath day is the day on which God rested from all his work of creation so we must rest from all our work. In Deuteronomy 5:12-15, God say no one should labor and work in the Sabbath day including your children, servants, animals, and aliens that live within your city. However, in a necessary circumstance, you can do what is unlawful on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-14). Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath and he can forgive you for not keeping the Sabbath in certain circumstances.
In Mark 11:20-25, the fig tree immediately withered after Jesus placed a curse on it. If we have in faith in God, all things are possible. Jesus said that if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can tell a sycamine tree to be uprooted and plant in the sea and it will (Luke 17:6).
In Mark 11:26-33, the chief priests, teachers of the law and elders questioned Jesus by what authority he is doing those things. Jesus replied that if they can tell him by what authority John carried out the baptism, he will give them the answer. They ultimately did not come up with an answer because if they say it is from heaven, Jesus would say why didn’t they believe in him and they won’t say it is from men because there are many people that believe John is a prophet. Therefore, Jesus did not tell them by what authority he is doing those things. Jesus did not want to give them the answer because it is not yet time that God planned for him to be handed over to the enemies and be crucified. Everything must happen according to the timing of God. God sets the time for every event to occur in the world, according to his will.