Mark Chapter 11:15-33

Vs. 15-18

Christ comes to purge the temple. (Romans 11:26)
Sin is often such that it requires Christ’s righteous judgement to fall.
(1 Corinthians 5:5 & Acts 5:5)

Christ stops the operation of the temple.

(Isaiah 56:7)

Christ had done this once before, just after His first miracle. (John 2:13-16)
On this occasion states they´d turned it into a “den of thieves.”
(2 Peter 2:3 & 1 Timothy 6:3-5)
They cheated people and placed financial burdens upon people.

Exposing these false pastors made them so angry as to want to kill.  The people were astonished as they´d never seen or heard the like.

Vs. 19-21

They saw the fig tree and Peter remembers  what happened the previous morning.
Christ only commanded the tree stop baring fruit.  When God curses it goes much deeper, right to the very root.  Thus things become no longer fit for purpose.

Vs. 22-26

Christ points out the need to have faith in God.
Believing God and taking Him at His Word is essential for the life of every believer.

Faith justifies from sin (Galatians 3:1-9)
Faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6)
Faith purifies the heart (Acts 15:9)
Faith overcomes the world (1 John 5:4)

Lord help us to believe, grant us believing hearts (John 20:24-29)

We must not harbour unforgiveness in our hearts. We must freely forgive, be always ready to forgive and it must come from the heart–not merely from the mouth!  Unforgiveness is an impediment to receiving the forgiveness of God and God CANNOT reward us.  It is a serious lesson, our very souls depend on it!

Vs. 27-33

Enters the temple the religious leaders approach Him.  Seems the were watching out in case He returned.

The enemy always seeks to undermine God’s authority–asking for qualifications–whether ordained or not.

The very fact that we preach the Gospel shows our authority.  How can a man preach UNLESS he is sent (Romans 10:15)

They knew what the answer was in their minds but they were afraid to answer as they feared men more than God.

They were silenced.  we must be able to silence such ignorance and foolishness (1 Peter 2:15)

Such questions come as the result of seeking a victory.  They thought themselves of superior learning and intelligence.  they were not seeking truth.  they sought to embarrass, belittle and demean rather than humbly seek an answer.

They WOULD receive their answer within days (Matthew 12:39)

 

 

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