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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

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The Triumphal Entry


1 Now awhen they drew near Jerusalem, to 1Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples;
2 and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it.
3 “And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.”
4 So they went their way, and found 1the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it.
5 But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?”
6 And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go.
7 aThen they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.
8 aAnd many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9 Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna! a‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes 1in the name of the Lord! aHosanna in the highest!”

11 aAnd Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

The Fig Tree Withered

12 aNow the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.
13 aAnd seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let

CHAPTER 11 References

1 aMatt.
21:1–9; Luke
19:29; John
2:13 1M Bethsphage
4 1NU, M a
8 aMatt. 21:8
9 aPs. 118:25,
26; Matt. 21:9
10 aPs. 148:1
1NU omits in
the name of
the Lord
11 aMatt. 21:12
12 aMatt.
13 aMatt. 21:19
15 aMal. 3:1;
John 2:13–16
bLev. 14:22
17 aIs. 56:7
bJer. 7:11
18 aPs. 2:2;
Matt. 21:45,
46; Luke
19:47 bMatt.
7:28; Mark
1:22; 6:2;
Luke 4:32
20 aMatt.
23 aMatt.
17:20; 21:21;
Luke 17:6
24 aMatt. 7:7;
Luke 11:9;
[John 14:13;
15:7; 16:24;
James 1:5, 6] 25 aMatt. 6:14;
18:23–35; Eph.
4:32; [Col.
3:13] 26 aMatt. 6:15;
18:35 1NU
omits v. 26.
27 aMatt.
Luke 20:1–8
28 aJohn 5:27

MARK 11:29

no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

15 aSo they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold bdoves.
16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple.
17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, a‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’ ? But you have made it a bden of thieves.’ ”
18 And athe scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because ball the people were astonished at His teaching.
19 When evening had come, He went out of the city.

The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree

20 aNow in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.
23 “For aassuredly, 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 believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
24 “Therefore I say to you, awhatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Forgiveness and Prayer

25 “And whenever you stand praying, aif you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
26 1“But aif you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Jesus’Authority Questioned

27 Then they came again to Jerusalem. aAnd as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to Him.
28 And they said to Him, “By what aauthority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?”
29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one question; then answer Me, and I will tell

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MARK 11:30

you by what authority I do these things:
30 “The abaptism of John—was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me.”
31 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’
32 “But if we say, ‘From men’ ”— they feared the people, for aall counted John to have been a prophet indeed.
33 So they answered and said to Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers


1 Then aHe began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to 1vinedressers and went into a far country.
2 “Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers.
3 “And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
4 “Again he sent them another servant, 1and at him they threw stones, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated.
5 “And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, abeating some and killing some.
6 “Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
7 “But those 1vinedressers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
8 “So they took him and akilled him and cast him out of the vineyard.
9 “Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others.
10 “Have you not even read this Scripture:

a‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.
11 This was the LORD’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’? ”

12 aAnd they sought to lay hands on Him, but feared the multitude, for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left Him and went away.

30 aLuke 7:29,
32 aMatt. 3:5;

CHAPTER 12 References

1 aLuke
4 1NU omits
and at him
they threw
5 a2 Chr. 36:16
7 1tenant
8 a[Acts 2:23] 10 aPs. 118:22,
23; Is. 28:16;
Acts 4:11;
[Rom. 9:33];
Eph. 2:20;
[1 Pet. 2:6, 7] 12 aJohn 7:25,
30, 44
13 aLuke
14 aActs 18:26
1Court no
man’s favor
2Lit. look at
the face of
15 aLuke 12:1
17 a[Eccl. 5:4,
5] 1Pay
18 aLuke
bActs 23:8
19 aDeut. 25:5
24 1Or deceived
25 a[1 Cor.
15:42, 49, 52] 26 a[Rev.
20:12, 13] bEx. 3:6, 15
27 1Or deceived
28 aMatt.

The Pharisees: Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?

13 aThen they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words.
14 When they had come, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and 1care about no one; for You do not 2regard the person of men, but teach the away of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?
15 “Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their ahypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it.”
16 So they brought it. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
17 And Jesus answered and said to them, 1Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to aGod the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at Him.

The Sadducees: What About the Resurrection?

18 aThen some Sadducees, bwho say there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, saying:
19 “Teacher, aMoses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
20 “Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife; and dying, he left no offspring.
21 “And the second took her, and he died; nor did he leave any offspring. And the third likewise.
22 “So the seven had her and left no offspring. Last of all the woman died also.
23 “Therefore, in the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as wife.”
24 Jesus answered and said to them, “Are you not therefore 1mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?
25 “For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but aare like angels in heaven.
26 “But concerning the dead, that they arise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, b‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ ?
27 “He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly 1mistaken.”

The Scribes: Which Is the First Commandment of All?

28 aThen one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning to-

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gether, 1perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the 2first commandment of all?”
29 Jesus answered him, “The 1first of all the commandments is: a‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.
30 ‘And you shall alove the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 1This is the first commandment.
31 “And the second, like it, is this: a‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than bthese.”
32 So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, aand there is no other but He.
33 “And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, 1with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, ais more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” aBut after that no one dared question Him.

Jesus: How Can David Call His Descendant Lord?

35 aThen Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David?
36 “For David himself said aby the Holy Spirit:

b‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

37 “Therefore David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his aSon?” And the common people heard Him gladly.

Beware of the Scribes

38 Then aHe said to them in His teaching, b“Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, clove greetings in the marketplaces,
39 “the abest seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts,
40 a“who devour widows’ houses, and 1for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”

The Widow’s Two Mites

41 aNow Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money binto the treasury. And many who were rich put in much.
42 Then one poor widow came and

28 1NU seeing
29 aDeut. 6:4,
5 1foremost
30 a[Deut.
10:12; 30:6] 1NU omits the
rest of v. 30.
31 aLev. 19:18
b[Rom. 13:9] 32 aDeut. 4:39
33 a[Hos. 6:6] 1NU omits
with all the
34 aMatt. 22:46
35 aLuke
36 a2 Sam.
23:2 bPs.
110:1; Eph.
1:19–23; Col.
3:1; Heb. 1:13
37 a[Acts
2:29–31] 38 aMark 4:2
bMatt. 23:1–7
cMatt. 23:7
39 aLuke 14:7
40 aMatt. 23:14
1for appearance’
41 aLuke
21:1–4 b2 Kin.
42 1Gr. lepta,
very small
copper coins
2A Roman
43 a[2 Cor.
8:12] 44 aDeut. 24:6

threw in two 1mites, which make a 2quadrans.
43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that athis poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;
44 “for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, aher whole livelihood

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A Song of Praise for the LORD’s Faithfulness to His People

aA Psalm of Thanksgiving.

1 MAKE aa joyful shout to the LORD, 1all you lands!
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the LORD, He is God; aIt is He who has made us, and 1not we ourselves; bWe are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

PSALM 100 References

4 aEnter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; aHis mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.



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