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Today’s Reading: Mark 11:15-25
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, “Master, look! The fig tree which 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 cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says willcome to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
den of robbers: An excerpt from Jer 7:11. In context , Jeremiah delivered a sermon in the Temple to warn Israel of God’s coming judgment upon Jerusalem. Because Israel failed to repent, Solomon’s Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. Jesus similarly confronts Israelites who presume thattheir covenant relationship with God will remain secure despite their sin (Jer 7:8-15). Their impenitence will result in the Temple’s second destruction in A.D. 70.