Overturning the Tables

by Andrew Forrest

Just as with the cursing of the fig tree, by overturning the moneylenders’ tables, Jesus is enacting a living parable in Jerusalem, testifying that the entire Temple leadership is corrupt and will be overthrown.

Today’s Scripture:

Mark 11:15-26


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Ben Wright June 11, 2019 - 11:22 am

In this passage I now see how Mark associates the fig tree with the religious leaders. Mark is using a literary convention to say that the tree represents the leaders. But he does not explicitly say, “The fig tree represents the religious leaders.” For me this is (sophmorically 🙂 enlightening. I have not previously read the Bible as a work of literature where an author like Mark might convey a message through conventions like narrative association.

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Andrew Forrest June 11, 2019 - 11:29 am

All of the Bible is a literary masterpiece, and the Gospels are particularly so. In fact, the more I read the Gospels, the more I see them as works of genius. And, this makes sense: how else could you do justice to the Incarnation, apart from the greatest possible literary artistry? Anything less wouldn’t adequately convey what it meant that the Word become flesh and dwelt among us.

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