Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bible Study Lesson: The Cursed Fig Tree, Prayer, Baptism Mk11:20-33


Study Text
Mark 11:20-33 (ESV)
20  As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots.
21  And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.”
22  And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.
23  Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
24  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
25  And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
27  And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him,
28  and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?”
29  Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30  Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.”
31  And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’
32  But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet.
33  So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”


1.) Why did Mark mention  "from the root" when talking about the death of the fig tree?

2.) Why do you think Jesus didn't speak on what the "withering" of the fig tree meant?

3.) Why did Jesus say just say have faith in response to Peter remark about the fig tree?

4.) Can prayer be used to say to a Mountain "be thrown into the sea"?

5.) Will God give us anything we pray for? If yes...why?  If no...why not?

6.) What were the "things" that Jesus was doing that the chief priest questioned His authority?

7.) What is "John's baptism"?

8.) Why did the religious rulers feel Jesus needed authority?

9.) Why do crowds influence human behavior?

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