Summary: 2 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 WORSHIP-II—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).
True corporate worship is Restored/Recovered thru...
1. PHYSICAL CONFRONTATION(:15a)
2. REMOVAL Of AVARICE(:15b)
3. ESTABLISHING TRAFFIC PATTERNS(:16)
4—True corporate worship is Restored/Recovered thru...
Explanation:(:17)Word of God/Avail closeness with God
:17—“Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’””
Jesus actions came with explanation. He quickly “taught” those present the rationale behind His actions. He was concerned to teach others something about the sacredness of this Temple which had been erected to their God.
Jesus reiterated a description gleaned from the Scriptures relating/regarding the sacredness of the Temple’s purpose.
A major objective of the Temple is to carry a strong sense of intercession regarding its purpose, thus speaking to God’s purpose among mankind.
Jesus quoted from Isa. 56:4-7—
“For thus says the LORD, “To the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant, To them I will give in My house & within My walls a memorial, And a name better than that of sons & daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off. Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, To minister to Him, & to love the name of the LORD, To be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the sabbath, And holds fast My covenant; Even those I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings & their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.””