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Mark 11:1Mark 13:24


III. The Preparation of the Slave-Savior
for His Redemptive Service

A. Entering into Jerusalem
and Lodging in Bethany

1 1And when they drew near to aJerusalem, at bBethphage and cBethany, at the dMount of Olives, He esent two of His disciples,

2 And said to them, Go into the village opposite you, and aimmediately upon entering into it, you will 1find a colt tied, on which bno man has yet sat; untie it and bring it.

3 And if anyone says to you, Why are you doing this? say, The Lord has need of it and will immediately send it here again.

4 And they went away and found a colt tied by a door, outside on the street, and they untied it.

5 And some of the ones standing there said to them, What are you doing untying the colt?

6 And they spoke to them even as Jesus had said. And they let them do it.

7 And they brought the 1acolt to Jesus and threw their 2bgarments on it, and He sat on it.

8 And many spread their garments in the road, and others spread 1layers of 2branches full of 3tender leaves, having cut them out of the fields.

9 And those who went before and those who followed cried out, Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the aname of the Lord!

10 Blessed is the coming akingdom of our father bDavid! Hosanna in the chighest!

11 And He entered into aJerusalem, into the temple; and when He had looked around at all things, since the hour was already late, He went bout to cBethany with the twelve.

B. Cursing the Fig Tree and Cleansing the Temple

12 1And on the next day, when athey had gone out from Bethany, He became bhungry.

13 And seeing at a distance a afig tree having leaves, He came to see if perhaps He would find anything on it. And when He came to it, He found nothing except bleaves, for it was not the season for figs.

14 And He answered and said to it, May 1no one eat fruit from you 2forever! And His disciples heard it.

15 And they came to Jerusalem. And He entered into the atemple and began to 1cast out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the bmoney changers and the seats of those who were selling the cdoves;

16 And He would not let anyone carry a vessel through the temple.

17 And He 1taught and said to them, Is it not written, "My house shall be called a house of aprayer for all the nations''? But you have made it a bden of robbers.

18 And the chief priests and the 1scribes heard this, and they asought how they might destroy Him, for they feared Him, for all the crowd was bastounded at His teaching.

19 And every day when evening fell, they went aoutside the city.

20 And as they passed by in the morning, they saw the afig tree bwithered from the roots.

21 And Peter remembered and said to Him, aRabbi, behold, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.

22 And Jesus answered and said to them, Have afaith in God.

23 Truly I say to you that whoever says to this amountain, Be taken up and cast into the bsea, and does not cdoubt in his heart, but believes that what he says happens, he will have it.

24 For this reason I say to you, All things that you pray and aask, believe that you have received them, and you will have them.

25 And when you astand praying, 1bforgive, if you have 2anything cagainst anyone, so that your dFather who is in the heavens may also forgive you your offenses.

26 1But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in the heavens forgive your offenses.

C. Being Tested and Examined

1. By the Chief Priests, Scribes, and Elders

27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the atemple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to Him,

28 And said to Him, By what authority do You do these things, or who gave You this aauthority to do these things?

29 And Jesus said to them, I will question you about one thing; answer Me and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

30 The abaptism of John, was it from bheaven or from men? Answer Me.

31 And they reasoned with one another saying, If we say, From heaven, He will say, Why then did you anot believe him?

32 But should we say, From men? -- they afeared the crowd, for all held that bJohn was really a cprophet.

33 And they answered Jesus and said, We do 1not know. And Jesus said to them, 2Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.


1 1And He began to aspeak to them in bparables: A man planted a cvineyard and put a hedge around it and dug a vat for a dwinepress and built a tower; and he leased it out to evinedressers and went fabroad.

2 And he sent a aslave to the vinedressers at the proper time so that from the vinedressers he might take of the fruit of the vineyard.

3 And they took him and abeat him and sent him away empty-handed.

4 And again he sent to them another slave; and that one they struck on the head and dishonored.

5 And he sent another, and that one they akilled; and so with many others, beating some and killing others.

6 He had yet one, a abeloved son; he sent him to them last, saying, They will respect my son.

7 But those vinedressers said to one another, This is the aheir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!

8 And they took him and akilled him and threw him bout of the vineyard.

9 What then will the amaster of the vineyard do? He will come and bdestroy the vinedressers and will give the vineyard to 1cothers.

10 Have you not even read this Scripture, "The stone which the abuilders rejected, this has become the head of the 1corner.

11 This was from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes''?

12 And they asought to seize Him, yet they bfeared the crowd, for they perceived that it was with them in view that He spoke the parable. And cleaving Him, they went away.

2. By the Pharisees and Herodians

13 1And they asent to Him some of the 2Pharisees and bHerodians that they might catch Him in His cspeech.

14 And they came and said to Him, Teacher, we know that You are true and 1do not fear anyone, for You do not regard the 2aperson of men, but teach the bway of God in truth. Is it lawful to give ctribute to dCaesar, or not? Should we give, or should we not give?

15 But He, knowing their ahypocrisy, said to them, Why do you btempt Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may look at it.

16 And they brought one. And He said to them, Whose is this image and inscription? And they said to Him, Caesar's.

17 And Jesus said to them, The things that are Caesar's arender to Caesar, and the bthings that are God's cto God. And they marveled greatly at Him.

3. By the Sadducees

18 1And some aSadducees came to Him, who say that there is bno resurrection, and they cquestioned Him, saying,

19 Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if anyone's brother dies and leaves a awife behind and leaves no child, his brother should take the wife and raise up seed to his brother.

20 There were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and when he died, he left no seed;

21 And the second took her and died, leaving behind no seed; and the third similarly;

22 And the seven left no seed. Last of all the woman also died.

23 In the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.

24 Jesus said to them, Is it not because of this that you err, that you do anot know the Scriptures nor the bpower of God?

25 For when they arise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in the heavens.

26 But concerning the dead, that they are raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the section concerning the abush, how God spoke to him, saying, "I am the bGod of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob''?

27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the aliving. You err greatly.

4. By a Scribe

28 And 1one of the 2scribes approached and heard them 3disputing; and perceiving that He answered them well, he aquestioned Him, Which is the first commandment of all?

29 Jesus answered, The first is: "Hear, Israel: the Lord our God is aone Lord;

30 And you shall alove the Lord your God from your whole heart and from your whole soul and from your whole mind and from your whole 1strength.''

31 The second is this: "You shall alove your neighbor as yourself.'' There is no other commandment greater than 1these.

32 And the scribe said to Him, Well said, Teacher; in truth You have said that He is one and there is not another abesides Him;

33 And to love Him from the whole heart and from the whole understanding and from the whole strength and to love one's neighbor as himself is much more than all the burnt aofferings and sacrifices.

34 And Jesus, seeing that he answered intelligently, said to him, You are not far from the akingdom of God. And no one bdared to question Him anymore.

5. Muzzling All the Mouths

35 1And Jesus, while He was 2ateaching in the temple, answered and bsaid, How is it that the 3cscribes say that the Christ is the son of David?

36 David himself said in the aHoly Spirit, "The Lord said to my Lord, bSit at My right hand until I put Your enemies cunderneath Your feet.''

37 David himself calls Him Lord, and how is He ahis 1son? And the great crowd bheard Him gladly.

6. Warning against the Scribes

38 And in His ateaching He bsaid, Beware of the cscribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and like greetings in the marketplaces

39 And achief seats in the synagogues and bplaces of honor at the dinners,

40 Who adevour the widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These shall receive bgreater 1judgment.

7. Praising the Poor Widow

41 And He sat down opposite the atreasury and 1bwatched how the crowd cast 2cmoney into the treasury. And many rich people cast in much.

42 And one apoor widow came and cast in two lepta, which is a 1quadrans.

43 And He called His disciples to Him and said to them, Truly I say to you that this poor widow has cast in more than all those who were casting into the treasury,

44 For they all cast in out of their surplus, but she, out of her lack, has cast in all that she had, her whole aliving.


D. Preparing the Disciples for His Death

1. Telling Them the Things to Come

1 1And as He was going out of the atemple, 2one of His disciples said to Him, Teacher, behold, 3what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!

2 And Jesus said to him, Do you see these great buildings? 1There shall by no means be left here a astone upon a stone which shall not be thrown down.

3 1And as He sat on the aMount of Olives opposite the temple, bPeter and cJames and John and dAndrew easked Him privately,

4 Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign awhen all these things are about to be accomplished?

5 And Jesus began to say to them, aSee that no one bleads you astray.

6 Many will come in My aname, saying, I am the Christ! and will lead many astray.

7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be aalarmed; it must happen, but the bend is not yet.

8 For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be aearthquakes in various places; there will be bfamines. These things are the beginning of birth pangs.

9 1But you, take heed to yourselves. They will adeliver you to bsanhedrins, and in the synagogues you will be cbeaten, and before 2governors and dkings you will stand for My sake, for a testimony to them.

10 Yet the gospel must first be proclaimed to all the anations.

11 And when they lead you away and deliver you up, do not be aanxious beforehand about what you should 1speak, but bwhatever is given to you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who are speaking, but the Holy cSpirit.

12 And brother will deliver up brother to death, and a afather his child; and children will rise up against their parents and put them to death.

13 And you will be hated by all on account of My aname. But he who has bendured to the end, this one shall be saved.

14 1But when you asee the abomination of bdesolation standing 3where it should not (let him who reads understand), then let those in cJudea flee to the mountains;

15 And let him who is on the ahousetop not come down, nor enter in, to take anything out of his house;

16 And let him who is in the field not turn back to take his garment.

17 But woe to those who are apregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days.

18 And pray that 1it may not happen in winter,

19 For those days will be a time of atribulation such as has bnot occurred from the cbeginning of the creation which God created until now, nor shall by any means ever occur.

20 And unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the achosen, whom He chose, He bshortened the days.

21 And then if anyone says to you, Behold, ahere is the Christ! Behold, there! do not believe it.

22 For false Christs and afalse prophets will arise and will 1show bsigns and wonders to cdeceive, if possible, the chosen.

23 But you, abeware; 1I have told you all things bbeforehand.

24 But in those adays, bafter that ctribulation, the sun will be ddarkened, and the moon will not give its light,