Scripture: Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:12-19; Luke 19:45-48; John 12:20-36

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Clears The Temple Again

Matthew 21:12-17 (KJV) 12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.  14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple; and He healed them.  15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased, 16 And said unto Him, Hearest Thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?  17 And He left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and He lodged there.

Mark 11:12-19 (KJV) 12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, Jesus was hungry: 13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, He came, if haply He might find anything thereon: and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.  14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever. And His disciples heard it. 15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.  17 And He taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.  18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy Him: for they feared Him, because all the people was astonished at His doctrine.  19 And when even was come, He went out of the city.

Luke 19:45-48 (KJV) 45 And Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; 46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.  47 And He taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy Him, 48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.

Questions:

1. What did Jesus do in the temple (Matthew 21:12; Mark 11:15-16; Luke 19:45)?

2. What did Jesus say about the temple (Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46)?

3. Who came to Jesus and what happened (Matthew 21:14)?

4. How did the children respond to Jesus (Matthew 21:15)?

5. How did the chief priests and the scribes respond to Jesus (Matthew 21:15)?

6. How did Jesus respond to the chief priests and the scribes (Matthew 21:16; Mark 11:18; Luke 19:47-48)?

7. How did the people respond to Jesus (Luke 19:48)?

Answers:

1. Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all those who were selling and buying in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of those who sold doves.  He wouldn’t allow merchandise to be carried through the temple.

2. Jesus said His house (the temple) should be called of all nations the house of prayer; but they had made it a den of thieves.

3. The blind and the lame came to Jesus and He healed them.

4. The children cried in the temple, “Hosanna (an expression of adoration, praise, or joy) to the son of David.”

5. Though the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that Jesus did and heard the children’s cries of praise, they were displeased.

6. Jesus asked them had they never read (Psalm 8:2) that from the mouth of babes would come praise. Jesus continued teaching in the temple daily.  The scribes and chief priests sought how they might destroy Jesus for they feared Him because all the people were astonished at His doctrine.

7. The people were very attentive to Jesus’ words.

HEAR the WORD

Mark 11:12-14 12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, Jesus was hungry: 13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, He came, if haply He might find anything thereon: and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.  14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever. And His disciples heard it.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.   My Bible notes: The cursing of the fig tree was an acted-out parable related to the cleaning of the temple.  The temple was supposed to be a place of worship, but true worship had disappeared.  The fig tree showed promise of fruit, but it produced none.  Jesus was showing His anger at religious life without substance.  If we claim to have faith without putting it to work in our life, we are like the barren fig tree.  But genuine faith has great potential.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Psalm 8:1-2 (NIV) Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.  Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

In Matthew 21:15-16 when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that Jesus did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were not pleased.  Then Jesus reminded the chief priests and the scribes of Psalm 8:2 when He asked them “have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?”  These men should have know this passage because it was from their holy writings.   It wasn’t just Jesus’ doctrine it should have been theirs too.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We too need to know what our holy Bible says.  We can only know if we read it. But we shouldn’t stop there, we should share God’s Word as Jesus did.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we show respect toward our houses of worship and remember it is indeed a house of prayer for all nations (Matthew 21:13). Lord, I pray we will express adoration, praise and joy over knowing You and having You in our life (Matthew 21:15).  Lord, I pray we will diligent study Your Word and continually remember what Your Word says and put Your Word into action (Matthew 21:16; Mark 11:18; Luke 19:48).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I study, remember and live God’s Word.” <>< Dona