A Discussion Of Values Based On Verses Of Mark
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A Discussion of Values Based on Verses of Mark
Verses 12 through 19 of the 11th chapter of Mark tell two short stores; one of Jesus cursing a fig tree and the other of Jesus clearing out the temple. These two stories give insight as to the values and priorities held by Jesus.
The first story to be examined is the cursing of the fig tree. As Jesus and His disciples were leaving Bethany, it is told that Jesus became hungry. He found a fig tree but discovered it was barren. Jesus then curses the tree, saying, “May no one eve eat fruit from you again.” Despite the brevity of the story, it gives insight to Jesus’ character. Based on the scripture, it would seem that Jesus became frustrated or upset with the lack of fruit on the tree. His curse shows a bit more of His human side; frustration that turns into anger. It appears that Mark makes an attempt to show that it is uncharacteristic of Jesus to become mad at such a seemingly trivial thing by mentioning, “…his di...
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