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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Mark Chapter 11

hrist's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. (1-11) The barren fig-tree cursed, The temple cleansed. (12-18) Prayer in faith. (19-26) The priests and elders questioned concerning John the Baptist. (27-33)

Verses 1-11: Christ's coming into Jerusalem thus remarkably, shows that he was not afraid of the power and malice of his enemies. This would encourage his disciples who were full of fear. Also, that he was not disquieted at the thoughts of his approaching sufferings. But all marked his humiliation; and these matters teach us not to mind high things, but to condescend to those of low estate. How ill it becomes Christians to take state, when Christ was so far from claiming it! They welcomed his person; Blessed is he that cometh, the "He that should come," so often promised, so long expected; he comes in the name of the Lord. Let him have our best affections; he is a blessed Saviour, and brings blessings to us, and blessed be He that sent him. Praises be to our God, who is in the highest heavens, over all, God blessed for ever.

Verses 12-18: Christ looked to find some fruit, for the time of gathering figs, though it was near, was not yet come; but he found none. He made this fig-tree an example, not to the trees, but to the men of that generation. It was a figure of the doom upon the Jewish church, to which he came seeking fruit, but found none. Christ went to the temple, and began to reform the abuses in its courts, to show that when the Redeemer came to Zion, it was to turn away ungodliness from Jacob. The scribes and the chief priests sought, not how they might make their peace with him, but how they might destroy him. A desperate attempt, which they could not but fear was fighting against God.

Verses 19-26: The disciples could not think why that fig-tree should so soon wither away; but all wither who reject Christ; it represented the state of the Jewish church. We should rest in no religion that does not make us fruitful in good works. Christ taught them from hence to pray in faith. It may be applied to that mighty faith with which all true Christians are endued, and which does wonders in spiritual things. It justifies us, and so removes mountains of guilt, never to rise up in judgment against us. It purifies the heart, and so removes mountains of corruption, and makes them plain before the grace of God. One great errand to the throne of grace is to pray for the pardon of our sins; and care about this ought to be our daily concern.

Verses 27-33: Our Saviour shows how near akin his doctrine and baptism were to those of John; they had the same design and tendency, to bring in the gospel kingdom. These elders did not deserve to be taught; for it was plain that they contended not for truth, but victory: nor did he need to tell them; for the works he did, told them plainly he had authority from God; since no man could do the miracles which he did, unless God were with him.

 


David Burnette's Life Application

Your Prayers Can Move Mountains

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Mark with Chapter 11. In our text today we see Jesus' Ministry in Jerusalem before palm branches and praises of the Jews, He clears the temple of money changers, rebukes the Pharisees, and teaches on faith explaining how it can move mountains. In making application we see that our faith and prayers can still move mountains. How about you? Are you facing a Mountain? Let us learn from our text today and the Ministry and Words of Jesus who instructs us to pray by faith and if we do our prayers will have the ability to Move Mountains.

 

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Mark 11

Mark 11

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

 2And 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.

 3And 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 11And 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.

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

 13And 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.

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

 15And 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;

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

 17And 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.

 18And 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.

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

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

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

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

 23For 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.

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

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

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

 27And 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,

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

 29And 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.

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

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

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

 33And 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.