Summary: 1 of 2. Jesus took it upon Himself to remove the hindrances to true corporate worship. True corporate worship can be restored/recovered. But How? 6 marks of recovered corporate worship. True corporate worship is Restored/Recovered thru...
RESTORING TRUE CORPORATE(Collective) WORSHIP-I—Mark 11:15-19
The need for current (temple) worship to be cleansed/readied/restored/renovated
Recovery/restoration of worship assumes that there was a time when worship was truly worship. A need for ‘Revival’ is a statement that true worship has been lost.
*Jn..4:23-24—““But the hour is coming, & now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit & truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, & those who worship Him must worship in spirit & truth.””
Jesus showed us the importance of recovering true corporate worship.
*Jesus took it upon Himself to remove the hindrances to true corporate worship.
True corporate worship can be restored/recovered.
How is true corporate worship to be restored/recovered?
6 landmarks toward recovering true corporate worship.
Jesus’ ‘Triumphal Entry’ into Jerusalem had taken place the day before(11:1-11) which was a Monday(MacArthur Matthew 16-23 pg. 265-266). He & the 12 had then retreated to Bethany for the night(:11). The temple cleansing takes place “the next day”(:12) on a Tuesday. The Passover/Lord’s Supper would be celebrated on Thursday evening(or early Friday by Jewish reckoning).
1—True corporate worship is Restored/Recovered thru...
Explanation:(:15a)Angered to action
:15—“So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple & began to drive out those who bought & sold in the temple, & overturned the tables of the money changers & the seats of those who sold doves.”
The “Temple”(ieron) referred to here includes the entire complex of buildings, the outer courts of the temple. The Holy Place, inclusive of the Holy of Holies, is signified by naos. The Temple grounds consisted of 4 outer courts designated to separate according to association as God’s people & per gender—....
1)‘Court of Gentiles’(General Public)—Largest open area & surrounded the 3 other courts & Temple proper.
2)‘Court of Women’—Smaller(square) area situated before the eastern(main) entrance to the temple but separated from direct contact with the Temple proper as wel as from the Court of Gentiles by walls with at least 3 entrances—to the east, north & south.
3)‘Court of Israel’(men)—This still smaller court was rectangular & was sandwiched between the Court of Women (to the west) & the Court of Priests (to the east). It was connected to the Court of Women by the western exit(Nicanor Gate) from the Court of Women.
4)‘Court of Priests’—Surrounded the Temple proper(Holy Place) & secured from the Court of Gentiles by a wall with 6 gates(3 north & 3 south).
The Herodian Temple was enclosed by walls ~1000 ft. X 1600 ft. & contained roughly 35 acres—James Brooks(NAC—Mark).
When no other means(His preaching & miracles) had sufficiently accomplished restoration.