It's Day 31 and we're in Mark 11.
Is the Bible an old dusty book? Nope - ". . . the Word of God is living and active. . ." (Hebrews 4:12). Dig into today expecting it to speak to you.
Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 2 - "which no one has ever ridden" - Jesus was doing something that no one else had ever done, or ever could do, in heading to the cross for our sins.
- Verse 14 - Why does Jesus curse the fig tree? It's not because He's having a bad day and lost His temper. This passage is a "sandwich" - a story starts, then is interrupted by another story, and then the original story is concluded. When that happens, the two stories are always intimately related. Here Jesus curses a fig tree (verses 12-14), goes and clears out the compromised Temple (verses 15-19), and then the fig tree is dead (verses 20-21). Jesus cursing the fig tree is symbolic of Him cursing the Temple system. He is laying that aside for the new open door that will happen through His death on the cross.
- Verses 27-33 - The point of this is that the religious leaders wanted to hold onto their popularity among the people but also didn't want to acknowledge John as a prophet. Jesus targeted their hypocrisy.
If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.
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