Read thru the New Testament-March 6

Mark 11:1-19

Mk. 11:1-11-It is Sunday.  As they come near Jerusalem (Bethpage and Bethany…near the Mt. of Olives)…Jesus sends two disciples to go into the village and find a colt for Him to ride on. As He enters, the people called out to Him and threw palm branches in front of Him. They call out “Hosanna!”, which means “Save now!”  This is the fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9…the hailing of the coming of the Messiah.  Then, He rode into Jerusalem, looked around, then returned to Bethany…because it was already late in the day.

Mk. 11:12-14-It is Monday.  Jesus sees a fig tree and looks to see if it has any fruit. When it doesn’t, He curses it.

Mk.11:15-19-When they entered the Temple, Jesus cast out those running businesses there and overturned the tables of the money changers.  He quoted Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11…“…My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? But you have made it a robber’s den.”  His actions were causing a stir among the people since He appeared to be more concerned about what took place in the Temple than the religious leaders did.  He was also upsetting the profitable businesses that took place around the Temple.  The religious leaders heard about what He was doing and began to make plans to kill Him.

Prayer: Lord, save me from public opinion.  The very ones who praised Jesus here on Sunday…were possibly among those who crucified Him on Friday.  Don’t let me base my life, or my faithfulness, or my love for people, or my ministry for You on the response of people.

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