MARK

Chapter Eleven

 

 

Mark 11:1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,

Mark 11:2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

Mark 11:3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

Mark 11:4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.

Mark 11:5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?

Mark 11:6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

Mark 11:7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.

Mark 11:8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

Mark 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

Mark 11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

Mark 11:11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

Mark 11:12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

Mark 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

Mark 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Mark 11:15 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;

Mark 11:16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Mark 11:18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

Mark 11:19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.

Mark 11:20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

Mark 11:21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Mark 11:23 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.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Mark 11:27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,

Mark 11:28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?

Mark 11:29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Mark 11:30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

Mark 11:31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?

Mark 11:32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

Mark 11:33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

 

 

CHAPTER ELEVEN:

1. Vs. 1-11- Messiah offered and rejected.

Mark 11:1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and

Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,

2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as

soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat;

loose him, and bring him.

3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need

of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place

where two ways met; and they loose him.

5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the

colt?

6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them

go.

7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat

upon him.

8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off

the trees, and strawed them in the way.

9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna;

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the

Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had

looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out

unto Bethany with the twelve.

KEY VERSE: Vs. 9-- Messiah had to go home to

Bethany.

The leaders rejected Him.

LESSON: The greatest opportunities are missed by the

majority.

ILLUSTRATIONS:

Numbers 14:6-9-- The people refused to enter the

Promised Land.

Vs. 9-- It is rebellion against eh Lord to decline

His offers.

Matthew 25:14-30-- The man with one talent had a great

opportunity.

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES WE MISS:

Mark 16:15-- We have daily opportunities to speak for

Christ.

How often do we miss these opportunities?

I John 1:9-- How often do we miss the opportunity to be

holy because we refuse to be cleansed?

John 21:20-22-- How often do we miss close fellowship

with our Lord because we are fretting over

some other saint?

Cf. Luke 10:38-42

STORY: To Illustrate how it is when the opportunities are

taken:

Read from, And In Samaria, p. 124 and to the end of

Robert Bender's zeal.

Can we also finish our course? How?

2. Vs. 12-19- Doctrine is accompanied by action

Mark 11:12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was

hungry:

13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find

any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves;

for the time of figs was not yet.

14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for

ever. And his disciples heard it.

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;

16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the

temple.

17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called

of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy

him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his

doctrine.

19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.

A. Vs. 12-16 The action

(1) Cursing the unfruitful

Cf- Ephesians 5:11- Reproof is commanded.

Illustration: The many who have left local

churches raging at the preaching.

What is learned?

Answer: That sound teaching is a curse to

backsliders.

Hildagard Liessure

(2) Driving off the blasphemers

Cf- 2 Peter 2:12-14- Strong language for those

who profane the Lord's Church.

Story: Driving off Steve Charnley

Those in the assembly saw the teaching in

action.

B. Vs. 17-18 Sound teaching

(1) Based on "it is written." Vs. 17

Why? Answer: Authority of the Word is

absolute.

Cf- Matt. 2:5- Did the Scribes and Pharisees

know the Word?

Matt. 4:1-7- To answer Satan

Matt. 26:24- Classic connection of the Word to

action to teaching.

Luke 21:22- Note! The event is demanded by the

Word.

Cf- Acts 13:29

Rom. 8:35-37- Revelation, suffering, then

advanced revelation. Paul explains

Psalms 44:22.

Men hate the narrow place of terminated

revelation.

(2) Vs. 18 Action with teaching gets a verdict.

a. The Scribes and chief priests- Feared and

attacked Him.

b. The people- Were astonished and obviously

liked Him.

So it is today: Men who act and teach the Word

are loved and hated.

Discuss: Is this true?

3. Vs. 20-26 What does it mean, "Have faith in

God"?

Mark 11:20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried

up from the roots.

21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig

tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

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.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray,

believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your

Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive

your trespasses.

A. The action goes first again. Vs. 20-21

B. The lessons: Vs. 22-24

(1) Modern humanists and New Agers would be horrified.

Story: Fig tree in Bisbee cut down. Meditated around it.

Matt. 21:19- Tree by the way. Public tree.

Jude 1:12- No fruit is a sign of damnation

Matt. 5:13- Good for nothing. What good?- Galatians 6:10- To

the saints.

(2) The Lord is teaching by His faith in His power.

Isaiah 65:23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for

trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their

offspring with them.

24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer;

and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

Cf- Daniel 9:20-23- Note the atmosphere of zeal for God and

confession of sin.

Acts 10:30-33- Again, note the atmosphere-- the intent of heart.

I John 5:14-15- Is the promise restricted to some past era?

C. Most common reason our faith is not rewarded Vs. 25-

26

(1) Modern Charismatic explanation- "You have not got the

2nd blessing."

(2) Real reason- wickedness in the heart

James 5:16- Do you see the parallel with Christ's teaching?

Why is prayer often not answered?

Psalms 66:18- How do we "regard iniquity"? We know sin is

ther, but we refuse to deal with it.

(3) Does this mean we lose our salvation?

Ask God for forgiveness for our sins, but hold old grudges for

affences against us

4. Vs. 27-33 Dealing with spiritual rebellion

Mark 11:27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the

temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,

28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave

thee this authority to do these things?

29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question,

and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven;

he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?

32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted

John, that he was a prophet indeed.

33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus

answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these

things.

A. Note the progression

First visit (vs. 11) Jesus said nothing-- scholars didn't even

see Him.

Second visit (vs. 15-16) Jesus got their attention by God's

wrath.

Third visit (vs. 18 & 27-33) The scholars attacked Christ.

He got their attention and they wanted to murder Him.

Application: We will experience this. Beware.

B. Jesus could please the scholar

As a youth in temple- Luke 2:45 And when they found him not,

they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in

the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing

them, and asking them questions.

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding

and answers.

Nicodemus- John 3:1-22; 7:50-53; 19:39-42- Nicodemus

did

the last act of Jewish ritual for Messiah! Who could

better appreciate seeing the risen Lord three

days later!?

C. Answer sincere questions, but reject sinister questions.

Example of a sincere answer to a sincere question:

Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one

running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good

Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none

good but one, that is, God.

19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not

kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not,

Honour thy father and mother.

20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I

observed from my youth.

21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One

thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast,

and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in

heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had

great possessions.

Example of an aggressive answer to a sinister question:

Mark 7:5- Roughed them up good.

Cf- Luke 11:44

Mark 2:16-17- He put them OUTSIDE of His

ministry.

Cf- Hebrews 7:26- So who were the sinners He

separated from in

Mark 2:16-17? Answer: The scholar's union.

Apply today.

Example of NO answer to the most sinister attack during

Christ's ministry:

John 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a

woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in

the midst,

4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery,

in the very act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be

stoned: but what sayest thou?

6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse

him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the

ground, as though he heard them not.

[ Did He write the 7th commandment? ]

7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and

said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let

him first cast a stone at her.

8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

[ Did He write the names of their girl friends? ]

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own

conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest,

even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman

standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the

woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine

accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

[ Remember-- He SAID He came to sinners (Mk. 2:16-

17). Note how simply He made sure only the sinner

stayed to pray! ]

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do

I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

D. Why MUST we guard our answers?

Answer: Hebrews 7:26- If they did it to Jesus, they sure

will do it to you.

Example: Acts 4:7 And when they had set them in the midst, they

asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye

rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the

impotent man, by what means he is made whole;

10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that

by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified,

whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this

man stand here before you whole.

11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders,

which is become the head of the corner.

12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other

name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be

saved.

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and

perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they

marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they

had been with Jesus.

Christ's exhortation on our answer: Matthew 10:19 But when

they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak:

for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.