“Have faith in God!”
Scripture reading for February 24th: Mark 11
Jesus entered Jerusalem on Passover week to the cries of “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mark 11:9) He went to the temple and looked around, taking note of the activities there. Since it was late, He went to Bethany to the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. As they walked back into Jerusalem the next day, Jesus saw a fig tree and went to see if it had any fruit on it. He saw it had nothing but leaves, because it was not yet the season for figs. “He said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” (Mark 11:14)
Jesus went back to temple and cleaned house! He drove out the money changers and those who were buying and selling there. “And as He taught them, He said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations'”? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'” (Mark 11:17) The purpose of the temple was to invite all nations to come to God and find Him as their source of comfort, healing, and hope. The religious leaders had made it into a market, hindering the multitudes from finding God.
On the way back into town after another night in Bethany, the disciples saw the fig tree was withered from the roots. “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Faith in God brings supernatural results!