Mark 11: 12-26
Intro:Â Â Looking around the Temple late in the afternoon, Jesus decided
What He would do.
He returned the next morning and as he approached He was Â Â Â Â moved by the sounds and smells of a large Crowd â€¦Â In the Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Outer court, the Court of the gentiles, he found packed with Â Â Â Â people passing through (short cut), money changers (Temple Â Â Â Â Â Â tax shekel); and live stock (pre-approved) for saleâ€¦.
â€¦New York Stock Exchange & County Livestock Barn!
- Drive Out the buyers and sellers; Overturn the Tables and counters; Stopped the people passing throughâ€¦.
Why Such Dramatic Attack?!
Mark 11:17 Jesusâ€™s Passion for True Worship
True Worship Reaches Up to God
Exp â€“ My house shall be called a house of prayer reminds us that
Worship, at its most basic level, is connection with God.
- We Speak to Him
- He Speaks to Us
App â€“ The people were present, active, going through motions
â€¦ If God had been absent, they would not notice.
True Worship Reaches Out to Other People
Exp â€“ My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations
- Jesus drove the merchants from the court of the Gentiles!
- Isaiah 56:7 — Desire for all People to come and Worship
App â€“ True Worship wants to make the LORD famousâ€¦!!
True Worship Purifies Us
Exp â€“ You have made it a robbers den
(not misunderstood, under-understood)
Jeremiah 7: 1-11
App â€“ You need not be pure to Worship; but, Worship will Purify!
T/S â€“ Jesusâ€™ passion for True Worship moved Him to cleanse the Temple; yet, there is something even more substantial at Work.Â Jesus Is Pronouncing Judgment on Israelâ€¦.Condemnation of the Priestly Establishment and the Temple Worship of His Day
â€¦. Far more than Reformationâ€¦Clean up your Actâ€¦Judgment Day!
Intercalation (bracketing, sandwiching one story in middle of another)
Note:Â my wife does thisâ€¦
a)Â To convey a lapse of TimeÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (chronological)
b)Â To allow one to interpret the otherÂ Â (theological)
Two stories bracketedâ€¦.Â The fig tree interprets the Temple
READ Mark 11: 12-21
Jesus pronounces Judgment on Unfaithful Israel
- The Temple, like the Fig tree, was all leaf, no fruit.
Magnificence of Temple masked corruption
- The Temple, like the Fig Tree, will be Destroyed.
Within the generationâ€¦terrible destruction!
A Display of the Wrath of Jesus!
ILL â€“ At Christmas we sing, â€śSweet Little Jesus Boyâ€ť
— He Grew Up!
Some NT scholars Reject the cursing of the Fig Tree as out of Character for Christ.Â They donâ€™t know Jesus!Â Jesus brings Judgment, especially on Religious Hypocrits.
When I think of Jesus looking all around the Templeâ€¦ a repeated phrase from the book of Revelation comes to mindâ€¦over and over the Lord says to His churchesâ€¦. I Know Your Deeds!
- Not called to look good, but to bear fruit.
- Not desire the pomp and polish of religious professionalism, but Worship marked by Prayer, Passion for lost & Purity