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Mark 11


 1 And (*) (1) when they came near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany unto the mount of Olives, he sent forth two of his disciples,


(*) Matthew 21:1; Luke 19:29 .

(1) A lively image of the spiritual kingdom of Christ on earth.


 2 And said unto them, (*) Go your ways into that town that is over against you, and as soon as ye shall enter into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.


(*) Christ sheweth by this poor entry the state of his kingdom, and it is not like to the great magnificence of this world.


 3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? Say that the Lord hath need of him, and straightway he will send him hither.


 4 And they went their way, and found a colt, tied by the door without, in a place where two ways met, and they loosed him.


 5 Then certain of them, that stood there, said unto them, What do ye loosing the colt?


 6 And they said unto them, as Jesus had commanded them, So they let them go.


 7  (*) And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him, and he sat upon him.


(*) John 12:14 .


 8 And (*) many spread their garments in the way, others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.


(*) Every one shewed some sign of honor and reverence.


 9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, (*) Hosanna; (a) blessed be he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.


(*) Or, save, I pray thee.

(a) Well be it to him that cometh to us from God, or that is sent of God.


 10  (b) Blessed be the kingdom that cometh in the (*) Name of the Lord of our father (♣) David; Hosanna, O thou which art in the highest heavens.


(b) Happy and prosperous.

(*) Many came in their own name, but Christ came in the Name of the Lord.

(♣) Because the promise was made to him.


 11  (*) So Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the Temple; and when he had looked about on all things, and now it was evening, he went forth unto Bethany with the twelve.


(*) Matthew 21:16; Luke 19:45 .


 12  (*) And on the morrow when they were come out from Bethany, (♣) he was hungry.


(*) Matthew 21:19 .

(♣) Christ was subject to our infirmities.


 13  (2) And seeing a fig tree afar off, that had leaves, he went to see if he might find anything thereon, but when he came unto it, he found nothing but leaves, for the time of figs was not yet.


(2) An example of that vengeance which hangeth over the heads of hypocrites.


 14 Then Jesus answered and said to it, (*) Never man eat fruit of thee hereafter while the world standeth; and his disciples heard it.


(*) This was to declare how much they displease God which have but an outward shew and appearance without fruit.


 15  (3) And they came to Jerusalem, and Jesus went into the Temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the Temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves.


(3) Christ sheweth indeed, that he is the true King and high Priest, and therefore the revenger of the divine service of the Temple.


 16 Neither would he suffer that any man should carry a (c) vessel through the Temple.


(c) That is, any profane instrument, of which those fellows had a number, that made the court of the Temple a marketplace.           


 17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, (*) My house shall be (d) called the house of prayer unto all nations? (♣) But you have made it a den of thieves.


(*) Isaiah 56:7 .

(d) Shall openly be so accounted and taken.

() Jeremiah 7:11 .


 18 And the Scribes and high Priests heard it, and sought how to (*) destroy him; for they feared him, because the whole multitude was astonied at his doctrine.


(*) For neither could they suffer reprehension, nor that their profit should be hindered.


 19 But when even was come, Jesus went out of the city.


 20  (*) (4) And in the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.


(*) Matthew 21:19 .

(4) The force of faith is exceeding great, and charity is ever joined with it.


 21 Then Peter remembered, and said unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst, is withered.


 22 And Jesus answered, and said unto them, Have (e) (*) faith of God.


(e) The faith of God is that assured faith and trust which we have in him.

(*) Christ taketh occasion to instruct them of the virtue of faith.


 23 For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Take thyself away, and cast thyself into the sea, and shall not waver in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith, shall come to pass, whatsoever he saith, shall be done to him.


 24  (*) Therefore I say unto you, (♣) Whatsoever ye desire when ye pray, believe that (f) ye shall have it, and it shall be done unto you.


(*) Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9 .

(♣) He teacheth us not hereby to ask whatsoever seemeth good in our fantasies; for our prayer must be grounded on faith, and our faith upon the word of God.

(f) Word for word, that you receive it speaking in the time that now is, to shew the certainty of the thing and the performance indeed.


 25  (*) But when (g) ye shall stand, and pray, forgive, if ye have anything against any man, that your Father also which is in heaven, may forgive you your trespasses.


(*) Matthew 6:14 .

(g) When you shall appear before the altar.                                                                   


 26 For if you will not forgive, your Father which is in heaven, will not pardon you your trespasses.


 27  (*) (5) Then they came again to Jerusalem; and as he walked in the Temple, there came to him the high Priests, and the Scribes, and the Elders,


(*) Matthew 21:23; Luke 20:1 .

(5) The Gospel hath been assaulted long time since, under the pretence of an ordinary succession.


 28 And said unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? And who gave thee this authority, that thou shouldest do these things?


 29 Then Jesus answered, and said unto them, I will also ask you a certain thing, and answer ye me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.


 30 The (*) baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? Answer me.


(*) He comprehendeth his whole office and ministry.


 31 And they thought with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven, he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?


 32  (6) But if we say, Of men, we fear the people, for all men counted John that he was a Prophet indeed.


(6) A reward of an evil conscience to be afraid of those, of whom they should and might have been feared.


 33 Then they answered, and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answered, and said unto them, (*) Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.


(*) They came of malice, and not to learn, therefore Christ thought them unworthy to be taught.





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