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READING: Mark 11 – Triumphant Entry,  Cleansing Temple, By What Authority, Wicked Tenants, Taxes, Whose Wife? 

  1. Jesus’s Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem started Passion Week by riding into Jerusalem with all singing His praises. He went to the Temple and looked around, doing nothing because it was late.  
  1. Jesus Cleanses the Temple on Monday. He drove the money changers out, overturning tables and driving out those selling animals. He said, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations. You have made it a den of robbers.’” 
  1. Tuesday, Jesus walked into the Temple and was accosted by the Authorities. They demanded he tell them what His authority was for Monday’s actions and who gave Him the authority. He replied, “I will ask you a question. If you answer me, I will answer you. The baptism of John; was it from Heaven or from men.” They, after discussing it, said, “We do not know,” because if they said it was from heaven, He would say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if they said John’s baptism was from men, people would stone them, for they believed John was a prophet. 
  1. Jesus then told the parable the of the wicked tenants. A man established a fully equipped vineyard and rented it out to sharecropper tenants; then he went into a far country. At harvest, he sent servants. The first was beaten. The next was beaten on the heard and insulted. The third was killed. Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking they would respect him. They killed the son to get the inheritance. Jesus asked, “What will the owner do? He will destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.” The Temple authorities realized Jesus told this parable about them, and began plotting how to get rid of Jesus. 
  1. Pharisees and Herodians tried to trap Jesus in His words. They asked, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Jesus asked to see a coin; he then asked whose image is there and whose inscription? They replied, Caesar’s. Jesus answered, “Give Caesar what is Caesar’s and God what is God’s.”  
  1. Then Sadducees, who deny resurrection, told a story of a man with seven sons who had the same wife; when the eldest died, the next took her, and so on until all seven brothers had her. They asked, “In the resurrection, whose wife will she be, for seven had her?” Jesus said they were wrong on two counts. “You do not know the Scripture or the power of God.” In the resurrection, there is no marrying and giving in marriage, for they do not die but are like angels. But about the resurrection, did you never read the story of Moses at the burning bush where God said, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” 

Which of these is most important to Jesus’s mission in Jerusalem? 

Which is the most important for our mission as His people? 

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