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(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;

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