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Posted on 09 Jul 2015 06:15

Week of March 30, 2015 – HOLY WEEK

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Mark 11: 1 - 19

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

2 And 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.

3 And 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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 And 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.

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

13 And 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.

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

15 And 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;

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

17 And 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.”

18 And 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.

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

Holy Week

On Palm Sunday, which is the Sunday before the death and Resurrection of The Christ, Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches.

On Monday of Holy Week, Jesus and His disciples went back to Jerusalem. Along the way, Jesus cursed a fig tree because it had failed to bear fruit. I believe this cursing of the fig tree represents God's judgment on all spiritually dead believers, and teaches that genuine, living faith is more than just an outward show. True faith will always bear spiritual fruit in a person's life.

Now when Jesus arrived at the Temple He found the courts full of corrupt money changers. Their activities angered Jesus and He began overturning their tables and clearing the Temple, saying, "The Scriptures declare, 'My Temple will be a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of thieves." (Luke 19:46) On Monday evening Jesus stayed in Bethany again.

These events are recorded in all four Gospels but for this blog I have chosen the account as recorded in Mark 11:1 – 19.

Dr. J. M. Wooten

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