The cursing of the fig tree and judgment upon the templeDownload:
After the king rode into Jerusalem to receive his kingdom (through the cross), he first visited his kingdom to see its condition. Jesus is a king who visits and judges his people. He comes looks for fruit. When Jesus cursed the fig tree and purged the temple, he was giving the people a lesson and a warning. To his disciples it seemed incredible that they could hope for the opposition to Jesus' kingdom that came from the kingdom to wither and die - yet Jesus taught them that even mountains can be removed. This passage contains vital lessons for every follower of Jesus.
|Date:||August 29, 2010|
|Series & Preacher:||Gospel of Mark, David Anderson (Grace Baptist Church, Eldoret, Sunday Morning)|
|Tags:||fig tree, jerusalem, judgment, king, mark, temple|
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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. (KJV)