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The Triumphal Entry, and the Fig Tree Prophetic Act

In Mark 11 the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is followed by a scene in the Temple in which Jesus throws over the money changer's tables and drives them out.  The famous temple scene is bracketed by the cursing of the fig tree and it's subsequent withering demise.

Ever wonder why the author of Mark placed the string of stories in this way?  That was my burning question.

First the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.  Jesus sends his disciples to obtain a colt on which he rides into Jerusalem.  This colt is the colt of a donkey and has great significance in the story.  The colt is meant to fulfill the OT prophecy about the messiah who would ride into the city on a donkey.  It comes from Zachariah 9:9:

"Rejoice of people of Zion!  Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!  Look, your king is coming to you.  He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey--riding on a donkey's colt."  

The act of riding on a young donkey or a colt, signified …

Jesus, The New Temple, The Union of Heaven and Earth

Jesus Clears the Temple Courts John 2:13-25

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” 20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the de…

Honor/Shame Systems and the Faith of a Gentile Woman.

Matthew 15:21-28 The Faith of a Gentile Woman 21 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.” 23 But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.” 24 Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.” 25 But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!” 26 Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.” 28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.

I have long been puzzled by th…