Mark 11

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Commentary.

Messianic action with divine power is the theme of the stories in chapter 11.The Mount of Olives (1) — This is the place of messianic hope for Jewish people. “On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem…. (Zechariah 14:4)

The colt (2-6) — with divine foreknowledge to bring the colt, Jesus’ initiative action to enter into the Jerusalem, Jesus’ remarkable power and authority are evidenced in this story. Jesus is the Lord who needs the colt. The disciples obeyed Jesus and went away to get colt. Colt’s owner obeyed the Lord and let his colt go.

Entry into Jerusalem (7-11) — “Hosanna” is Aramaic, a Jewish language in Jesus’ time, exclamation meaning “save now or save, I pray.”  For Jesus his entry into Jerusalem was enter into suffering and death. Jesus’ followers who acclaimed him hosanna had not yet understood his destiny as Son of man who would suffer.

Fig tree(12-14, 20-26) — why did Jesus curse the fruitless fig tree even though it was not yet fruit bearing season? It is hard question to answer. It can be understood as messianic action with divine power.  Jesus took fig tree as object lesson to teach about having faith in God,  dynamic power of prayer and divine authority.

Clearing the Temple (15-19) — Jesus’ wrath against the people who were marketing on the temple court is a significant story. Jesus was the Messiah who came for people to renew their  faith of God. and to restore the Temple as it was prophesized in Isaiah 56:7.  This story also announced the coming of new temple, Jesus himself, eschatological temple, for all nations to come to him and to worship.

Jesus’ authority (27-33) — Jesus knew full well where his authority came from but he would not tell the religious leaders who had already rejected him. By asking counter question, Jesus reminded them of John the Baptist his preaching, repent. Even though they knew who John the Baptist was they would not believe him, his preaching, either.

After Reading

  • Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?”
  • Who is Jesus Christ to you? How do you say he is your Lord?
  • Pray God that the God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth.
  • Live it out through the day.

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