Mark Trivia:

Jesus rides into Jerusalem

1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,

When Jesus and his disciples neared Jerusalem,

he sent two of his disciples ahead,

2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

with these instructions:

When you enter the village, you'll find a colt tied, upon whom no one has ever sat. Bring him to me. [1]

3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

If anyone says, "What are you doing?"

Say, "The Lord needs him."

4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.

So they found the colt and untied it.

5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?

Some people saw them and said,

What are you doing?

6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

They told them what Jesus told them to tell them.

And they let them go.

7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.

They brought the colt to Jesus, put their clothes on him, and Jesus sat on him. [2]

8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

The people spread clothes and branches in front of Jesus,

9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

and said,

Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

Hosanna in the highest.
Jesus curses a fig tree
11:12-14, Cf. Mt 21:18-19, Lk 13:6-9

12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

The next day [3], when they were coming from Bethany,

Jesus was hungry.

13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

They came upon a fig tree.

But it had nothing but leaves.

(Because it wasn't the season for figs.)

14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Jesus said to the fig tree,

No one will eat fruit from you forever. [4]

And his disciples heard it.

Jesus's temple tantrum

15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

When they got to Jerusalem, Jesus went to the temple and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers and the dove sellers. [5]

16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

He wouldn't let anyone carry anything through the temple.

17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

He said to them,

Isn't it written, "My house shall be a house of prayer. You have made it a den of thieves." [6]

18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

When the scribes and chief priests heard it, they plotted how to kill him.

19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.

In the evening, Jesus left the city.

The cursed fig tree dies
11:20-26

20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

The next morning, as Jesus and his disciples passed by, they saw that the cursed fig tree had died. [7]

21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

Peter said to Jesus,

The fig tree that you cursed is dead.

22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Jesus said to him,

Have faith in God.

If you believe in your heart and have no doubt, you can say to a mountain, "Move!" and it will be cast into the sea.

Whatever you believe will happen, will happen.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

You'll get whatever you want if you pray for it and believe that you'll get it. [8]

25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

But make sure to forgive.

If you don't forgive, your Father in heaven won't forgive you.

Jesus stumps the chief priests and elders
11:27-33, Cf. Mt 21:23-27, Lk 20:1-8

27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,

The next time Jesus and his disciples came to the temple, the priests, scribes, and elders said to him,

28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?

By what authority do you do what you do?

29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Jesus said,

Let me ask you a question.

If you answer my question, I'll answer yours.

30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?

32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

Was John's baptism from heaven or from men?

33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

They answered, "We can't tell."

Jesus said, "Then I won't tell you by what authority I do things."