Summary: Anger in the Temple & Anger at the Tree - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(A). Anger in the Temple (vs 12-17)
• Corruption (vs 12a)
• Cleansing (vs 12b-13)
• Criticism (vs 14-17)
(B). Anger at the Tree (vs 18-22).
• The object of his anger – a tree (vs 19)
• The moral from the story - unfruitfulness
• The lesson to apply - faith (vs 21-22)
• 23 year old Eleanor Hawkins has been in the news this week;
• She is one of five tourists arrested and charged for indecent behaviour.
• She was sentenced to three days in jail and fined £1,000
• Her crime was that she with a group of travellers posed naked for photographs;
• On the peak of Mount Kinabalu.
• The mountain is one of the most recognisable symbols of Sabah;
• And considered sacred to the state's Kadazan Dusun tribe.
• Dr Benedict Topin, executive secretary of the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association said:
• "It is our temple,"
• Sabah's Kadazan Dusun tribe believe;
• That the mountain houses the spirits of their dead ancestors
• Eleanor Hawkins committed an act of stupidity and insensitivity;
• She deliberately or unintentionally caused great offence the Malaysian people.
• By breaking the morals and customs of the Malaysian people.
• In our passage this morning Jesus is about to upset the local people.
• He is in a sacred place and his actions will cause offence!
• But this will not be an act of stupidity or insensitivity like Eleanor Hawkins;
• It will be a calculated and precise response to something that is wrong;
• And the local men, the religious leaders may disapprove of his actions;
• Yet heaven gives a loud endorsement!
(A). Anger in the Temple (vs 12-17)
• If you asked the average person to describe Jesus in a few words,
• You might get these types of responses:
• “A good man,”
• “A kind man,”
• “A loving man,”
• “A forgiving man”.
• Very few (if at all any) will say; “an angry man!”
• Because we have all grown up with the image ‘Gentle Jesus meek and mild.’
• And though it is fair to say Jesus did not often get angry;
• He did on a number of occasions, two of those occasion are in our Bible passage today.
(1). Corruption (vs 12a).
• Verse 12a:
• “Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there.”’
• The world of sport has been shocked this last few weeks by the corruption by FIFA;
• Question: Anyone know what FIFA stands for?
• Answer: Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
• They are the mafia of football;
• They make all the major decisions and hold all the power.
• But over the last few weeks;
• A wave of corruption and bribery allegations have brought the organisation to its knees.
• This week FIFA's communications director Walter De Gregorio;
• Is the latest person to be fired.
• Although he has been fired days after making a joke on Swiss television;
• About the world governing body.
• The joke was: 'The FIFA president, secretary general and communications director;
• Are in a car. Who's driving?
• Answer: The police.'
• TRANSITION: The Temple in Jerusalem should have been a beacon of light;
• The temple should have been God’s showpiece:
• It was a place set apart for the worship of God.
• But by the time of Jesus;
• It had become a place of corruption, a place exploitation and dishonesty;
• A place to make money!
• The majority of religious leaders spelt the word Temple:
• R-I-P O-F-F= ‘RIP OFF!!!’
The reason it was corrupt and people were being ripped off was twofold:
• (1st). Temple Coinage:
• Every Jewish pilgrim over nineteen was required to pay a temple tax,
• That in itself was not wrong.
• But the religious leaders insisted it be paid in a certain type of coinage.
• And they charged the people extortionate rates to exchange their money into temple coinage
• (2). Animal sacrifices:
• Animals for sacrifice had to be inspected before they were offered.
• In the temple you could buy suitable animals for sacrifice.
• You were allowed to bring your own animals;
• But surprise, surprise these animals never passed the inspection;
• So you always ended up paying extortionate prices for temple animals to sacrifice.
• Going to the temple meant a double rip-off:
• You needed temple coins and temple animals.
• ill: Arthur Daley & Del Boy would have been proud of those religious leaders!
No wonder Jesus described the temple as ‘a den of thieves’.
• Quote: Campbell Morgan points out that ‘a den of thieves’.