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Easter Week 2017 - Tuesday

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Tuesday: fig tree day

As Jesus and his followers traveled the same ground as the morning before, they ran across the same fig tree. But this time the tree was not green and inviting, but withered because of Jesus’ curse. Jesus connects the fig tree to the temple. From a distance both seemed to offer nourishment (physical nourishment from the tree, spiritual nourishment from the temple), but upon closer inspection neither had anything to offer. The fig tree was green but had no figs; the temple was impressive but had nothing to offer. Just as the fig tree was destroyed the temple would be destroyed. And it was destroyed about 40 years later.

Jesus spends the rest of Tuesday teaching both in the newly cleansed temple and on Mt. Olivet. As the crowds gather, the religious powers that be bark a series of challenges at Jesus—he responds and then goes on the offensive by teaching a series of parables to them. The whole scene makes for some high drama. The crowds watch as Jesus unmasks the Pharisees for what they are—an unspiritual clan of hypocrites. No wonder these same Pharisees want to kill Jesus.

As night falls on Tuesday his disciples once again misunderstand what Jesus is doing (we are just the same) and blather on about how impressive the temple was. Jesus tells them it will be destroyed and then gives them a glimpse of the future.

Scriptures to Reference:
  • Matthew 21:20-23, 39
  • Mark 11:20-12:44
  • Luke 20:1-21:4
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Easter Week 2017 - Monday

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Monday: The Day After

Jesus caused quite a stir the previous day when he entered Jerusalem like a conquering king, complete with the shouting crowds. Sunday night, he traveled to the neighboring village of Bethany. Monday morning, on the one and a half mile trip into Jerusalem Jesus saw a fig tree that was green and looked like it had fruit on it from a distance. Upon closer inspection, the fig tree had no fruit to give. Jesus cursed  the tree. Fresh off the fig tree cursing Jesus hiked down Mt. Olivet straight to the temple. Upon arrival, Jesus proceeded to cleanse the temple, kicking out all the merchants and moneychangers. He did this because both were doing a dishonest trade and because they were occupying space that was dedicated to Gentile worshipers. After his spiritual spring-cleaning, Jesus left Jerusalem and went back to Bethany.

Scriptures to Reference:
  • Matthew 21:12-19
  • Mark 11:12-18
  • Luke 19:45-48
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