Readings for Wednesday, October 6, 2010
In the 11th Chapter of Mark, Jesus enters Jerusalem. While in the Holy City, Christ’s teaching and ministry take on a decisively different tone. He is more confrontational. The parables are pointed and direct. He seems to have less patience with those to whom His message is directed. Christ is angry. There is a definite air of conflict, and the Gospel, our Lord Christ is under attack from His own people. The disciples are enamored with His power to destroy trees, but Christ’s message to them about the tree speaks of Faith. So what is this faith of which Christ speaks? What does He say to His disciples?
The Temple is also the focal point for these scenes. The first action Mark gives us inside of the city, is Jesus clearing the Temple, framed, as we have talked about, by the fig trees which will remain important. Why is the Temple significant here? What is its role and purpose in the life of the people? What does the Temple tell us about Jesus? Why is Jesus angry? Confrontational? What does He attack? Consider also the layout of the Temple, and the situation in Jerusalem at the time of Christ.
Read Mark 11:27 through chapter 12. To help inform our discussion, we will consider the following scriptures, in the context of the significance of the Temple:
- Exodus 34:10-16
- Leviticus 26:3-20
- Deuteronomy 30:11-20