Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the day which Jesus made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Mark 11:1 tells us that after Jesus entered Jerusalem he went to the temple and “looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve” (Mark 11:11).
Monday of Passion Week: Jesus curses a fig tree: Mark 11:12-14: The next day (Monday) as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
Many scholars understand the fig tree to represent Israel. God’s chosen people had the Messiah in their midst but they did not recognize or accept him as their Lord and Savior. A fig tree full of leaves should have produced fruit but this tree did not. Israel had the opportunity to acknowledge Jesus as Messiah but they did not, consequently they could not bear fruit in taking that message to the Gentiles.
Jesus clears the Temple: Mark 11:15-18: On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 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.’” The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
In the evening, Jesus and the Twelve leave Jerusalem and return to Bethany (Mark 11:19).
According to the Gospels, these events took place on Monday of Passion Week.