The Parable of the Tenants v. 2

In my last blog, I observed from an outside perspective the parable of the tenants and the seemingly heartless slaughter of many humans by both some vicious farmers, and a cold vineyard owner. Now it is time to unlock this parable using the verse that Jesus gives in verses 10-12. “The stone the builders rejected…

The Parable of the Tenants v. 1

The beginning of chapter 12. What does Jesus through Mark have to teach us today? Jesus in Jerusalem teaches a parable. A man crafted a vineyard, winepress, and watchtower. Then he leased it to 4 farmers and went on holiday. It should be noted that building things to lease to others was as common a…

The Lessons of Mark, So Far.

As we leave chapter 11 of the Gospel of Mark, let us recap what we’ve learned so far. I can promise you that if you take these 10 points seriously, and begin to practice them in your life, you will experience a transfiguration of your own. 1. Jesus was the prophesied Messiah, Christ, Anointed and…

The Authority of Jesus

Jesus returns to Jerusalem, and we return to the message of the first half of Mark. Authority! “By what authority are you doing these things?” Jesus, of course, answers with a riddle, because straight answers are for losers! Basically, the question is, “Who gave John the authority to baptize?” Their answer? “We don’t know.” Because…

The Withered Fig Tree

So back to the fig tree we go. It sandwiches the story of the temple, so that would be a big indicator that whatever Mark is trying to tell us with the fig tree stories is directly related. First, let us examine the text. Mark 11:20-26.   Walking back to Jerusalem, they pass the fig…

Cleansing the Temple

In the last blog, we had a good laugh at a most bizarre scene where Jesus curses a fig tree. We wondered if Mark was trying to set up a message, and if so, this next story would be what it’s aimed at. So let’s look at Mark 11:15-19 and see how it might connect…

Cursing of the Fig Tree

So, Jesus makes a big entrance into Jerusalem with just enough time to take a gander around and leave. So, I bet what he did the next day was pretty important. Let’s read. Mark 11:12-14. Jesus is walking back from where he is staying and Bethany and gets the munchies. He sees a fig tree…

The Triumphal Entry

So, Mark has taught us two things, that Jesus is the foreseen Messiah and the nature of the Kingdom of God. Beginning here in Mark 11:1-10, the crescendo of all that has come before has arrived. Jesus is approaching Jerusalem and asks two of his disciples to go get an unbroken colt, that is a…

Healing Blind Bartimaeus

Since Mark established Jesus as the Messiah, we’ve been learning about what the Kingdom that Jesus is establishing looks like. First, if you want to enter the Kingdom, you must give up control and authority over that which gives you the most control. You must humble yourself before God. Second, anyone who is honestly working…

The Request of James and John

Before we get to Mark 10: 35-40, let us remember the importance of 3 and what it represented to the Jews in the last blog. Now that we have done that, let us discuss what happens after each of those three discussions of Jesus’ death. After the first one, Peter takes Jesus aside to try…

Third Prediction of Jesus’ Death

For the third official time, and the fourth unofficial time, Jesus’ tells the disciples about his beatings, death, and resurrection in Mark 10:32-34, they must have really been in denial about the whole thing. Or, like so many repetitions in Mark’s gospel up to this point, Mark is trying to tell us something. Going up…

Peter’s Defence

This is the third part of the story beginning with the rich man. First, we discussed giving up control and authority, then we discussed that such submission is only possible when one turns to God for help. Now we get to the humanity of the situation in Mark 10:28-31. Peter is such a human. He’s…