New Defender's Study Bible Notes
11:2 never man sat. Jesus would ride on an unbroken colt, something that normally would be impossible. As the Creator of all the beasts of the field, however, Christ would command perfect obedience from the young “foal of an ass,” in fulfillment of the ancient Messianic prophecy of Zechariah 9:9. Evidently, the owner of the animal somehow knew that his animal had been raised for just this ministry (Mark 11:3).
11:10 Blessed be the kingdom. After repeatedly urging that His identity not be made known, Christ now is clearly claiming to be the Messiah, fulfilling both Zechariah 9:9 and (in the response of the crowd) Psalm 118:25-26.
11:20 fig tree dried up. The implications of the cleansing of the fig tree and the cleansing of the temple are discussed in the notes on Matthew 21:12-13,19. Mark’s account of the fig tree makes the chronological sequence clearer, showing that the temple incident occurred during the day while the fig tree was withering after being cursed by Christ that morning. When the disciples returned that evening, it had withered away. This miracle was not a miracle of creation (such as the feeding of the five thousand) but a miracle of providence, with the natural aging process of the tree greatly accelerated by the Lord who created—and therefore controls—the rate of all natural processes.
11:25 forgive you. This conditional promise significantly occurs right after the unlimited promise of answered prayer in Mark 11:23, which indicated that even mountains could be moved by prayer. The implication is that an unforgiving attitude will hinder the faith that could otherwise move mountains. Note also the command to be reconciled to a brother believer before even bringing an offering to the Lord (Matthew 5:23-24).
11:30 was it from heaven. This question not only silenced the scribes but is also a good question for modern Christians. Many have maligned John’s baptism, saying it was inadequate and valid for only a few years at most. There are, on the other hand, good reasons to accept it as valid Christian baptism. See notes on Matthew 3:6,8,11,15,16.