Happy Wednesday! In today's reading we find Jesus', after entering into Jerusalem and cursing the fig tree demonstrating a prophetic act that elevates God's zeal for His glory.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one way you have been aware of God's presence lately? Are there any times of your day that you tend to go through mindlessly?
_ What is one way you see the Lord's presence in the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Mark 11.1-11 ] 15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. 19 And when evening came they went out of the city.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Where does Jesus enter in vs. 15?
_ What do you observe him doing in vs. 15-16?
_ Why does Jesus explain he does this in vs. 17?
_ What is the response of the chief priests and scribes in vs. 18?
_ What do you think are some of the purposes the temple served in 1st century Judaism?
_ Why does the selling and buying of sacrifices in the temple anger Jesus so much?
_ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?
_What good-news do we find in this passage for our condition?
+ HOW am I to confess sin and respond to what I learned with a step of action? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
_ Confess there are areas you are using something God has a design for, for your purposes?
_ Respond by stopping this behavior.
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)