Note: We now move to the third major section of the Gospel of Mark (11:1-16:8/20)
The first unit (Pericope) is from 11:1-25.
- What truths concerning our Lord’s person are specially evident in the incidents described here?
Jesus had previously refrained from publicly declaring his Messiahship.
See 3:11, 12; 8:30; 9:9.
Why then did he declare it now?
- Verses 1-6. When the two disciples were sent out by the Lord on this special errand, in what ways were they put to test, and how would they benefit from the experience?
Do we display the same faith and boldness in our service for Christ?
- In what way does the fig tree described here typify Israel as a nation?
What was Jesus seeking to teach his disciples from this acted parable?
Before passing judgment, ought we not first to search our own hearts?
Cf. Rom.11:20, 21.
Note. Verse 13. ‘It was not the season for figs’. It is fair to presume that the Lord was looking for the small early ripe figs that ripen with the leaves before the main crop.