.At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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May 3, 2015

Mark 11

Head on Collision

 

 

 

Accidents are terrible.  Thousands of people die each year in traffic accidents.  Few accidents are as devastating as head on collisions.  The combined speed and energy of the two vehicles produce terrible results.  Occasionally we hear of a train that was on the wrong track and ran head on into another train.  The accident scene looks little different than if a bomb had exploded.  The loss of life and injuries from such a collision are appalling.

Sometimes people have head on collisions, too.  Just as the collision of two heavy and powerful vehicles causes tremendous devastation, when two strong people or groups run headlong into each other the sparks will certainly fly.

Jesus spent much of His ministry in Galilee, many miles away from Jerusalem, the religious center of Judaism.  As you learned in last week’s lesson, Jesus left Galilee and began making His way to Jerusalem.  Previously the Jewish religious leaders sent spies to keep an eye on Him and try to trick Him into saying something for which they could arrest Him.  In today’s lesson Jesus arrives on the “home turf” of the Jewish leaders, riding into Jerusalem.

Mark 11:1

The Mount of Olives is just across the valley to the east of Jerusalem.

 

Mark 11:2-3

What did Jesus tell His disciples to do?

 

The disciples did exactly as Jesus instructed.

 

Mark 11:7

What did they do with the colt?

 

This was done in direct fulfillment of prophecy (Zech. 9:9).

Mark 11:8

What did the people do?

 

Mark 11:9-10

What did the people cry out?

 

Hosanna is a word of praise fitting for a ruler.  “Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord” is quoted from a messianic psalm (Ps. 118:26).  The people hailed Jesus as their King and Messiah.

Mark 11:11

Where did Jesus go when He entered the city?

 

Jesus and His disciples stayed with friends in Bethany.  The next day as they walked back into Jerusalem, Jesus saw a fig tree.  In the Old Testament the fig tree is a symbol of the nation of Israel.

Mark 11:13

Was there any fruit on the tree?

 

Like Israel, the tree appeared healthy but was actually fruitless.

Mark 11:14

What did Jesus say about the fig tree?

 

Mark 11:15

Jesus went into the Temple.  What did He do?

 

Temple worship required the sacrifice of animals.  As a convenience, local merchants offered sacrificial animals for sale.  Over time the practice became corrupt, with the merchants selling inferior animals for inflated prices.  The Jewish leaders sanctioned this corrupt practice, perhaps because they received kickbacks and payoffs.

Mark 11:17

What did Jesus say His house was supposed to be?

 

What had it become?

 

Mark 11:18

How did the scribes and chief priests feel about this?

 

Why didn’t they destroy Jesus right then?

 

Mark 11:27

The next day when Jesus came to the Temple He was met by the chief priests, scribes, and elders.

 

Mark 11:28

What did they ask Jesus?

 

Jesus said He would answer if they answered a question from Him.

Mark 11:30

What did He ask?

 

Mark 11:31-32

Why was this question a problem for them?

 

 

Mark 11:33

How did they answer?

 

What did Jesus say in reply?

 

Concluding Thoughts: There was certainly a head on collision in this lesson.  The Jewish religious leaders wanted to destroy Jesus.  They envied His following and feared they might lose their power and influence.  Jesus walked right into their home base – the Temple in Jerusalem – and literally turned everything on its head.  He was “in your face” with the Jewish religious leaders.

Just as a crash on the highway causes wreckage and debris, Jesus’ head on collision with the Jews left a mess in the Temple and the religious leaders looking like fools.  More than ever they were determined to put Jesus to death.

Do you realize there is still a head on collision occurring today?  Wherever Jesus Christ is preached, men still respond with rejection and anger.  You see, there are two systems of thought on earth: man’s ideas and God’s truths.  Jesus Christ is the one true and living God and Savior, but man (motivated by Satan) always offers a corrupt counterfeit to God’s truth.

The main lesson we can learn from today’s passage is that we should follow Jesus rather than men.  Who are you following?

 

 

Project: Think about who you listen to and respect; do they speak for God or simply offer man’s philosophies?  Don’t forget to do the Daily Bible Readings each day this week.

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