Scripture: Matthew 21:18-22; Mark 11:20-26; Matthew 21:23-27; Mark 11:27-33; Luke 20:1-8

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Says The Disciples Can Pray For Anything

Matthew 21:18-22 (KJV) 18 Now in the morning as Jesus returned into the city, He hungered.  19 And when He saw a fig tree in the way, He came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward forever. And presently the fig tree withered away.  20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.  22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Mark 11:20-26 (KJV) 20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.  21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto Jesus, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursed is withered away.  22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.  25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Questions:

1. What did Jesus want from the fig tree (Matthew 21:18)?

2. When Jesus found no fruit on the fig tree what did He say (Matthew 21:19a)?

3. What happened to the fig tree (Matthew 21:19b; Mark 11:20)?

4. What did Jesus say to the disciples about the withered fig tree (Matthew 21:20-21; Mark 11:22-23)?

5. What could they receive (Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24)?

6. What should we do when we pray (Mark 11:25a)?

7. Why should we do this (Mark 11:25b)?

Answers:

1. Jesus was hungry and want figs.

2. When Jesus found no fruit on the fig tree He said let no fruit ever grow on it.

3. The fig tree withered.

4. Jesus said if they had faith and doubted not they could not only do as He did with the fig tree, but they could speak to a mountain and cause it to be removed and cast into the sea as well.  If they believed and doubted not in their heart, they could have whatsoever they said.

5. Jesus told the disciples, “all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

6. When we pray we should forgive others.

7. We should forgive others so our Father in heaven will forgive us.

Religious Leaders Challenge Jesus’ Authority

Matthew 21:23-27 (KJV) 23 And when Jesus was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto Him as He was teaching, and said, By what authority doest Thou these things? and who gave Thee this authority? 24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell Me, I in likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things.  25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?  26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.  27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And He said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Mark 11:27-33 (KJV) 27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as Jesus was walking in the temple, there come to Him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, 28 And say unto Him, By what authority doest Thou these things? and who gave Thee this authority to do these things? 29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.  30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer Me.  31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; He will say, Why then did ye not believe him?  32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.  33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Luke 20:1-8 (KJV)  And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as Jesus taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon Him with the elders, And spake unto Him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave Thee this authority? And He answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer Me: The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?  And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; He will say, Why then believed ye him not?  But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.  And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was.  And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Questions:

1. About what was Jesus asked while He was in the temple (Matthew 21:23; Mark 11:28; Luke20:2)?

2. What did Jesus say (Matthew 21:24; Mark 11:29; Luke 20:3)?

3. What was the question Jesus asked them (Matthew 21:25a; Mark 11:30; Luke 20:4)?

4. How did those to whom He was talking respond (Matthew 21:25b-27a; Mark 11:31-33a; Luke 20:5-7a)?

5. Then what did Jesus say to them (Matthew 21:27b; Mark 11:33b; Luke 20:7b)?

Answers:

1. Jesus was asked by the chief priests and the elders by what authority and whose authority was He doing the things He was doing.

2. Jesus told them if they could answer His questions He would answer theirs.

3. Jesus asked from where John’s baptism came, was it from heaven or from men.

4. They discussed what Jesus said among themselves and then answered they didn’t know.

5. Jesus told them, “Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.”

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 21:18-19 (KJV) 18 Now in the morning as Jesus returned into the city, He hungered.  19 And when He saw a fig tree in the way, He came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward forever. And presently the fig tree withered away. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: Jesus was showing His anger at religion without substance.  Just as the fig tree looked good from a distance but was fruitless on close examination, so the temple looked impressive at first glance, but its sacrifices and other activities were hollow because they were not done to worship God sincerely. (The 03/22/21 post also speaks of the fig tree)

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 21:22 (NIV) “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Don’t live like the fig tree with foliage only.  As Christ followers we must bear fruit.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We must encourage others to be fruit bearers too.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not be like the fig tree that bore no fruit.  I pray we will indeed bear fruit for You (Matthew 21:18-20).  Lord, I pray our faith will be strong.  I pray we will not doubt when we pray.  For if we believe we will receive whatever we ask for in prayer (Matthew 21:22).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I stand strong in our faith.” <>< Dona