In the second installment of “The Jesus Encounters” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at Jesus as he curses the fig tree in Mark chapter 11. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including letting Jesus clear our what does not belong in your life.
The Prophetic Entry
The Jesus Encounters, Part 02
The Curse of the Fig Tree
Mark 11:12-13 – 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.
Isaiah 29:13 – 13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.
Mark 11:14 – 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
The Cleansing of the Temple
Mark 11:15-17 – 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’ ? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’ ”
1 Peter 2:5 – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 56:7 – these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
The Impact of the Prophet
- Let Jesus clear out what does not belong.
- Make your temple a place of prayer.