Bible: Mark 11:45-12:44
The Triumphal Entry
11:1 Now 1 as they approached Jerusalem, 2 near Bethphage 3 and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, 4 Jesus 5 sent two of his disciples 11:2 and said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. 6 As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. 7 Untie it and bring it here. 11:3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it 8 and will send it back here soon.’” 11:4 So 9 they went and found a colt tied at a door, outside in the street, and untied it. 11:5 Some people standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 11:6 They replied as Jesus had told them, and the bystanders 10 let them go. 11:7 Then 11 they brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks 12 on it, and he sat on it. 13 11:8 Many spread their cloaks on the road and others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 11:9 Both those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting, “Hosanna! 14 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 15 11:10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” 11:11 Then 16 Jesus 17 entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. And after looking around at everything, he went out to Bethany with the twelve since it was already late.
Cursing of the Fig Tree
11:12 Now 18 the next day, as they went out from Bethany, he was hungry. 11:13 After noticing in the distance a fig tree with leaves, he went to see if he could find any fruit 19 on it. When he came to it he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 11:14 He said to it, 20 “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. 21
Cleansing the Temple
11:15 Then 22 they came to Jerusalem. 23 Jesus 24 entered the temple area 25 and began to drive out those who were selling and buying in the temple courts. 26 He turned over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, 11:16 and he would not permit anyone to carry merchandise 27 through the temple courts. 28 11:17 Then he began to teach 29 them and said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? 30 But you have turned it into a den 31 of robbers!” 32 11:18 The chief priests and the experts in the law 33 heard it and they considered how they could assassinate 34 him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed by his teaching. 11:19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples 35 went out of the city.
The Withered Fig Tree
11:20 In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 11:21 Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered.” 11:22 Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God. 11:23 I tell you the truth, 36 if someone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 11:24 For this reason I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 11:25 Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will 37 also forgive you your sins.”11:26 [[EMPTY]] 38
11:27 They came again to Jerusalem. 39 While Jesus 40 was walking in the temple courts, 41 the chief priests, the experts in the law, 42 and the elders came up to him 11:28 and said, “By what authority 43 are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do these things?” 11:29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question. Answer me and I will tell you by what authority I do these things: 11:30 John’s baptism – was it from heaven or from people? 44 Answer me.” 11:31 They discussed with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 11:32 But if we say, ‘From people – ’” (they feared the crowd, for they all considered John to be truly a prophet). 11:33 So 45 they answered Jesus, 46 “We don’t know.” 47 Then Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you 48 by what authority 49 I am doing these things.”
The Parable of the Tenants
12:1 Then 50 he began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. 51 He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then 52 he leased it to tenant farmers 53 and went on a journey. 12:2 At harvest time he sent a slave 54 to the tenants to collect from them 55 his portion of the crop. 56 12:3 But 57 those tenants 58 seized his slave, 59 beat him, 60 and sent him away empty-handed. 61 12:4 So 62 he sent another slave to them again. This one they struck on the head and treated outrageously. 12:5 He sent another, and that one they killed. This happened to many others, some of whom were beaten, others killed. 12:6 He had one left, his one dear son. 63 Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 12:7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and the inheritance will be ours!’ 12:8 So 64 they seized him, 65 killed him, and threw his body 66 out of the vineyard. 67 12:9 What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy 68 those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 69 12:10 Have you not read this scripture:
‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 70
12:11 This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” 71
Paying Taxes to Caesar
12:13 Then 75 they sent some of the Pharisees 76 and Herodians 77 to trap him with his own words. 78 12:14 When they came they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and do not court anyone’s favor, because you show no partiality 79 but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 80 Is it right 81 to pay taxes 82 to Caesar 83 or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” 12:15 But he saw through their hypocrisy and said 84 to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius 85 and let me look at it.” 12:16 So 86 they brought one, and he said to them, “Whose image 87 is this, and whose inscription?” They replied, 88 “Caesar’s.” 12:17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 89 And they were utterly amazed at him.
Marriage and the Resurrection
12:18 Sadducees 90 (who say there is no resurrection) 91 also came to him and asked him, 92 12:19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us: ‘If a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, that man 93 must marry 94 the widow and father children 95 for his brother.’ 96 12:20 There were seven brothers. The first one married, 97 and when he died he had no children. 12:21 The second married her and died without any children, and likewise the third. 12:22 None of the seven had children. Finally, the woman died too. 12:23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, 98 whose wife will she be? For all seven had married her.” 99 12:24 Jesus said to them, “Aren’t you deceived 100 for this reason, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God? 12:25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels 101 in heaven. 12:26 Now as for the dead being raised, 102 have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, 103 how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the 104 God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 105 12:27 He is not the God of the dead but of the living. 106 You are badly mistaken!”
The Greatest Commandment
12:28 Now 107 one of the experts in the law 108 came and heard them debating. When he saw that Jesus 109 answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 12:29 Jesus answered, “The most important is: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 12:30 Love 110 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 111 12:31 The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 112 There is no other commandment greater than these.” 12:32 The expert in the law said to him, “That is true, Teacher; you are right to say that he is one, and there is no one else besides him. 113 12:33 And to love him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength 114 and to love your neighbor as yourself 115 is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 12:34 When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Then no one dared any longer to question him.
The Messiah: David’s Son and Lord
‘The Lord said to my lord, 119
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ 120
12:37 If David himself calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 121 And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.
Warnings About Experts in the Law
12:38 In his teaching Jesus 122 also said, “Watch out for the experts in the law. 123 They like walking 124 around in long robes and elaborate greetings 125 in the marketplaces, 12:39 and the best seats in the synagogues 126 and the places of honor at banquets. 12:40 They 127 devour widows’ property, 128 and as a show make long prayers. These men will receive a more severe punishment.”
The Widow’s Offering
12:41 Then 129 he 130 sat down opposite the offering box, 131 and watched the crowd putting coins into it. Many rich people were throwing in large amounts. 12:42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, 132 worth less than a penny. 12:43 He called his disciples and said to them, “I tell you the truth, 133 this poor widow has put more into the offering box 134 than all the others. 135 12:44 For they all gave out of their wealth. 136 But she, out of her poverty, put in what she had to live on, everything she had.” 137