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.”

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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 

12:12 Now 72  they wanted to arrest him (but they feared the crowd), because they realized that he told this parable against them. So 73  they left him and went away. 74 

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

12:35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he said, “How is it that the experts in the law 116  say that the Christ 117  is David’s son? 118  12:36 David himself, by the Holy Spirit, said,

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 widowsproperty, 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 

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