Summary: We are the temple of God; God dwells in us.
When Jesus Got Mad
March 16, 2008, Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: We are the temple of God; God dwells in us.
Focus Passage: Mark 11: 15-18
Supplemental Passage: (1 Corinthians 3:16) Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Not what they expected. Not our image of Jesus. Imagine the Headlines: “Trouble at the Temple”, “Carpenter Creates Chaos”, “Menacing Messiah”, “Rabid Rabbi”. Why did he “loose his cool”? Did something happen to “set him off”? Was it a result of a troubled childhood? What it something that could be blamed on his parents?
I. Jesus cleansed the temple
a. Purpose of the temple?
i. I Kings 5:5 Solomon talks about the temple: "And behold, I intend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD spoke to David my father, saying, 'Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he will build the house for My name.'
ii. I Kings 6:12-13 God talks to Solomon about the temple: "Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes and execute My ordinances and keep all My commandments by walking in them, then I will carry out My word with you which I spoke to David your father. "And I will dwell among the sons of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel."
b. What had it become?
i. Jesus found a market place. (people were selling animals for sacrifices)
ii. Jesus found money changers cheating people. (sacrifices had to be bought in Shekels)
II. We are now the temple
a. (1 Corinthians 3:16) Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
b. (2 Corinthians 6:16) Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
III. What must we do to cleanse our temple?
a. (2 Timothy 2:20) Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Now flee from youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
b. 1Pe 1:16 because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY."
c. Rom 12:1-2 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
d. Gal 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.