Let's turn to the Word of God together, Mark chapter 11 . . . Mark chapter 11. As you can see, this is the end of the eleventh chapter but it is the beginning of a confrontation between Jesus and the religious leaders of Israel, a confrontation that starts here on Wednesday and ends on Friday with His crucifixion.
The confrontation really was inaugurated by something our Lord did. If you go back one day to Tuesday and earlier in chapter 11 and look at verse 15, we'll have the setting for this confrontation. They came to Jerusalem on that Tuesday morning from Bethany where Jesus and the Apostles had been staying at the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus who had been friends and our Lord had even raised Lazarus from the dead. They came to Jerusalem as He entered the temple on that Tuesday of Passion Week, began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those that were selling doves and He wouldn't permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. 'And He began to teach and to say 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 robbers den.' The chief priests and scribes heard this and began seeking how to destroy Him for they were afraid of Him for the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.'
That act on Tuesday precipitated a confrontation the next day on Wednesday. As we pick up the reading in verse 27, it's Wednesday morning, and we read this. . . .
Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God‚Äôs Word, John MacArthur is a fifth-generation pastor, a popular author and conference speaker, and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife,...