Mark 11

Vs. 3, “If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.”  I think that’s a pretty good reason to give him your colt.  Jesus is about to enter Jerusalem outside of Bethany (2.5 miles away).  The Mount of Olives is elevated about 2600 feet, so it gives a beautiful view of Jerusalem.  As Jesus entered Jerusalem, from the Roman perspective it was inconsequential (vs. 1-11).  Their leader would ride on a chariot with many armed soldier’s, and here is Jesus riding on a donkey.  Though, for the Jews, riding on a donkey was significant because only kings would do such a thing.  We then are reminded of the fig tree (12-14, 20-26)…I’ll talk about that in the applicationj.  Additionally, we see Jesus clear out the Temple from those who were making it a den of thieves (vs. 15-19).  And lastly, we see Jesus show the weakness and pride of the chief priests, teachers of the law and elders as they came to challenge him.

 

Regarding application...Are You Bearing Fruit?  Vs. 14, “Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.”  This is a very interesting section because figs were not in season.  Yet, when Jesus came up to this tree, He was expecting it to have figs.  Question: Huh?  Isn’t that illogical on Jesus’ part?  Of course, the fig tree represented Israel.  Now, how does this apply to us?  You see…there are times in our lives when we are not bearing fruit.  Times when we are in the valley of life, times when we are so busy…yet, Jesus still expects to see fruit in our lives.  Even though it was not the season for it from our logical perspective…there is always a season for spiritual fruit from Jesus’ perspective.  It’s time to start bearing fruit brothers and sisters!  Review Galatians 5:22-23 and decide what you want to produce today!