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.
|On the Road with Jesus (Mark 10:28–34)||Doug Van Meter||6 October 2019||Watch||Listen|
|The Redemptive Power of Self-Giving (Mark 10:35–45)||Doug Van Meter||13 October 2019||Watch||Listen|
|A Model Disciple (Mark 10:46–52)||Doug Van Meter||20 October 2019||Watch||Listen|
|Messianic Expectations (Mark 11:1–11)||Doug Van Meter||3 November 2019||Watch||Listen|
|Cleaning House (Mark 11:12–26)||Doug Van Meter||10 November 2019||Watch||Listen|
|Have Faith in God (Mark 11:20–26)||Doug Van Meter||17 November 2019||Watch||Listen|
|The Authority of Jesus (Mark 11:27–33)||Doug Van Meter||19 January 2020||Watch||Listen|
|God’s Love for His Vineyard (Mark 12:1–12)||Doug Van Meter||26 January 2020||Watch||Listen|
|Both Sides of the Coin (Mark 12:13–17)||Doug Van Meter||2 February 2020||Watch||Listen|
|Sad, You See (Mark 12:18–27)||Doug Van Meter||9 February 2020||Watch||Listen|