“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your
Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
Mark 11:25 ______________________________________
World behind the Text
The Gospel of Mark was said to have been written by an unknown author and is only credited to Mark the Evangelist because of his relations to Peter, one of the disciples of Jesus and was the founder and the first pope of Catholic Chruch. Some evidences which made Mark the only person the “unknown authored” gospel attributed to was because of how it was written, and the significant characteristics that identify the environment the author was in. Some ruled out the authorship to be of a Greek descent because the book doesn’t possess Hellenistic philosophy and manner writing, and was said to have a “Semitic taste” to it (and was also assumed to be Aramaic, by some other researchers). Mark’s narration was said to be in the view of a person who encountered Jesus Christ first hand, some commentaries said that it could be “the Apostle Peter who’s the source of his gospel”, commonsensical as it is, it must not be ruled out because of the chronological arrangement of the events in the book and the “eyewitness account” of how the book delivers, clearly it was drawn out from someone who knew Jesus himself! Thus, such narration can only sum up to its shortness, not having too much embellishment and can be categorized as “historical writing” rather than literary writing, for its depiction of Jesus life was vivid. When Peter died, Mark went to preach in Alexandria, in continuation of his companion’s duty of preaching the words of God. At this time, people weren’t so welcoming of hearing different ideas other than what they were used to (since they believed in the mythological Gods, and are “pagans”). Alexandria resented Mark which led to his brutal death. _____________________________________
World of the Text
On their way to Jerusalem the next day.. Rabbi!
Then Jesus said to the disciples. trying to find a fruit which he can eat. During which he was received by the people. you can pray for anything. 21 Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed. 2) authority of Jesus. The Fig Tree which Jesus Cursed was “withered from its roots” surprised. taken from the NLT bible. Jesus just arrived to Jerusalem along with his twelve disciples. a teacher. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.This verse was taken from the book of Mark. who in the end did not disclose the answer to their impertinent question. 3) his stand against immorality. 25 But when you are praying. on the condition that they also answer his question. “Have faith in God.’ and it will happen. first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against. you can say to this mountain. and if you believe that you’ve received it. he also made use of his time to clarify the usage of the temple of God. so that
your Father in heaven will forgive your sins. triumphant from finally receiving support from the people. which they can’t even provide for. 24 I tell you. “the King”. 23 I tell you the truth. ‘May
you be lifted up and thrown into the sea. finding nothing. the disciples noticed it had withered from the The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!”
roots up. the disciples went to tell Jesus of the miracle which he created. too. Jesus went to a Fig Tree.) Jesus answered them by saying
The next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed. 4) Importance of Forgiveness. On his wake the morning after. and an elder) came to stop him while he was entering the temple.
. it will be yours..”
The next morning they went back to Jerusalem. (people who used the temple for selling items which are either bad in nature. This chapter focuses on Jesus Christ presenting himself to Jerusalem as the fulfilment of prophecies of the Old Testament. driving out the bad entities which used the place opposite to it’s purpose. (This is most significant because this is where the verse was extracted from. or simply insignificant to what the purpose of the temple is) and then they went back to Bethany. Exegesis The focal point of the story I think is emphasize on is 1) people receiving Jesus Christ as their Messiah. he cursed the tree which the disciples heard (anticipating some kind of a miracle). “Look. questioning the authority of Jesus Christ. three persons (the chief priest. chapter eleven verse twenty five.
similar to ours.Mark. including that of hatred towards our own. Forgiveness which Jesus preached to his disciples is. right?
To illustrate. You cant really truly say that you love God if you hate one of his creatures. Religions. and even though my religion is Islam. I can see the main idea behind such statement. _____________________________________
World before the Text
Humanity is born with many follies—those which were inherited from that of our original sin. I think. Jesus emphasized on this to be done. the most significant of all the other events. Mark narrated only the necessary ones. has one thing in common and that is the Love for God. we can’t ask God’s forgiveness if we ourselves can forgive those who have wronged us. of all kind. is an important entity. had a brief and concise delivery of the event. it’s an insult to the will of God.
. in comparison to the other gospels. forgiveness (also similar to patience) “Sabr”. being know as the “historical narrator” of the life of Jesus. and sprang to other forms which we are both capable and incapable of controlling. or resentment of the hatred feeling towards us. What drives a person to do good is through a soul that is not hateful and begrudging. Surely. What this verse made me realize was how important it is to let go of hate so God can be received with a pure and selfless heart. That would be the most hypocritical thing! Not only that. Focusing on the 4th focal point which this paper’s inspiration came from. on the next page is a story that I find would best exhibit the true meaning of forgiving.
where I was asleep after my long day of studying. We’re humans capable of errors. and said that such person doesn’t deserve a spot on this planet! What he said is “Anak. Sabr ka na lang. a cool headed person. He utters that word when someone wronged him. At the parking lot bellow our condominium. I went to my dad and told him that he should have defended himself. can not hold the call of nature. tenants were assigned a specific area where they can park their car. which I think is not at all insulting and is only right. went out of his car and asked my father to fight him! (That bastard) My father. I feel like he’s letting others abuse his kindness. a very impatient driver honked his horn. this world will be walked on by hatred. went back and sincerely apologized for what causing the man his time for waiting. he asked my father’s name and threatened him to be evicted from the condo. sisters rushed into the room and told me everything animatedly. Back at the unit. he ranted. Maybe the German guy felt embarrassed afterwards and decided to go somewhere else. not only that. but the man wouldn’t listen. profusely angered by my father’s approach.(Patience and Forgiveness)
This is what I usually hear when my dad comes across a circumstance that caused him great misfortune. if not. shouted and asked for the security. explained why he parked his car in the said lot. I sincerely feel bad when I hear this. With my sisters waiting in the car— while my father was in the restroom—with the hazard turned on so that whoever owns the lot will be informed that their lot will be vacated immediately. We must forgive and ask forgiveness. scared my little sisters and put them to panic. My dad having finished. The man. My father simply listened and waited for him to finish. my father. having been operated with his left kidney removed. With his German accent. parked his car in a lot which isn’t his. with all his force. Good thing I wasn’t with them when this most disrespectful event occurred or I might have caused myself humiliation for acting so rash. I was angered and I wanted to be there so could have defended my father.”
1832. If I was in my dad’s situation I would have done the opposite. Britannica online Encyclopaedia:
. mayabang talaga yon kaya haan mo na.Still wasn’t making any sense to me. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". even though not saying it directly to the person who caused him wrong. They narrated the same thing.” Having heard that.cgi?book=mr&chapter=011>.
Forgiveness was exhibited by my father. kahit kami binabastos non. Adam. I felt a strange pang of shame. <http://www. but only their reaction was all in favour of my father’s calmness and how well he handled himself “talagang nirespekto ng tatay mo opinion ni dambuhala.org/com/acc/view. I went to the concierge and asked exactly what happened. "Commentary on Mark 11". He went on and forgotten it like it didn’t happen. Sura al-’Araf.studylight. 7: 199”
REFERENCES: Clarke. and turn away from the ignorant. in his heart he was not at all aggrieved. “Peter”. “…enjoin Kindness.
New Living Translation Bible
. “Understanding the Bible”.L. Mayfield. Harris (1985). Palo-Alto.S.