Monday 14th October, 2019

Theme: Command That Mountain

Passage: Mark 11:12-24

The Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem

11 Jesus entered Jerusalem, went into the Temple, and looked around at everything. But since it was already late in the day, he went out to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

12 The next day, as they were coming back from Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 He saw in the distance a fig tree covered with leaves, so he went to see if he could find any figs on it. But when he came to it, he found only leaves, because it was not the right time for figs. 14 Jesus said to the fig tree, “No one shall ever eat figs from you again!”

And his disciples heard him.

Jesus Goes to the Temple

15 When they arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus went to the Temple and began to drive out all those who were buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the stools of those who sold pigeons, 16 and he would not let anyone carry anything through the Temple courtyards. 17 He then taught the people: “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.’ But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves!”

18 The chief priests and the teachers of the Law heard of this, so they began looking for some way to kill Jesus. They were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples left the city.

The Lesson from the Fig Tree

20 Early next morning, as they walked along the road, they saw the fig tree. It was dead all the way down to its roots. 21 Peter remembered what had happened and said to Jesus, “Look, Teacher, the fig tree you cursed has died!”

22 Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 I assure you that whoever tells this hill to get up and throw itself in the sea and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24 For this reason I tell you: When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for.

The lesson of the fig tree was a practical illustration used by Jesus to pass a message. Although it was not a season for fig trees to bring forth fruit, Jesus was disappointed that there was no fruit on it to eat. He then cursed it.

The following day the disciples saw that it had dried up. Amazed by this act they couldn’t hide their feelings. “Rabi, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered away” Peter said.

Jesus replied in verse 22b- 23…. Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believe that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says”

The mountain Jesus pointed His disciples to was actually a physical mountain, knowing that Jerusalem is surrounded by mountains but he only used that as a symbol to represent size of both physical and Spiritual problems or challenges. As a child of God let no problem, no matter the size, intimidate you. Your is just to speak in the name of the Lord and believe it is done.

A young believer once saw a man pushing a big motorcycle under a scourging sun. The man enquired from the young man of whom he was looking for but the young man couldn’t help him because he did not know the person but he had pity on him. Seeing that he was exhausted he said to that man “why not start your machine or we help you to push”. The man replied, “I have tried all that”. The young believer in faith, encouraged the man to try again. As the man did so the motorcycle responded. He looked at the young man and said, ‘thank you’.

You can put your faith to test today and the Lord will surprise you. So see Jesus instead of the mountain.

MEMORY VERSE: Mark 11:23 “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believe that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”

HYMN: MHB 362- AUTHOR of faith, eternal Word.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to always see You in the midst of my difficulties so that my doubt will be swallowed by the faith I have in You, in Jesus’ Name I Pray, Amen.

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