The text before us is one of the strangest interactions in Mark, primarily because of its setting. Think about it. A destructive act against a fig tree was followed by a destructive act in the temple and these two acts become an object lesson for believing God for another destructive act (v. 23)! Jesus seems to use the context of destruction to encourage his disciples to faithful praying. That seems odd—until we realise that praying for destruction is necessary for fruitful construction.
Scripture References: Mark 11:20-26
An exposition of the Gospel of Mark by Doug Van Meter.
|Good News in a Bad News World (Mark 1:1–8)||Doug Van Meter||11 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Approved, and Proved (Mark 1:9–13)||Doug Van Meter||18 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|The Gospel of the Kingdom (Mark 1:14–15)||Doug Van Meter||25 March 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Answer the Call (Mark 1:16–20)||Doug Van Meter||8 April 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Mark 1:21–28)||Doug Van Meter||22 April 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Kingdom Authority (Part 2) (Mark 1:29–34)||Doug Van Meter||13 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Praying in the Wilderness (Mark 1:35–39)||Doug Van Meter||20 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Merciful Indignation (Mark 1:40–45)||Doug Van Meter||27 May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Forgiveness (Mark 2:1–12)||Doug Van Meter||3 June 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Scandalous Salvation (Mark 2:13–17)||Doug Van Meter||10 June 2018||Watch||Listen|