Spring Cleaning in the House of God by Marvin D. Patterson

Spring Cleaning in the House of God
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 21:12-22

I recently read of a woman at home doing some cleaning when the telephone rang. In going to answer it, she tripped on a scatter rug and, grabbing for something to hold onto, seized the telephone table. It fell over with a crash, jarring receiver off the hook. As it fell, it hit the family dog, who leaped up, howling and barking. The woman's three-year-old son, startled by this noise, broke into loud screams. The woman mumbled some colorful words. She finally managed to pick up the receiver and lift it to her ear, just in time to hear her husband's voice on the other end say, "Nobody's said hello yet, but I'm positive I have the right number."

We have been studying these last days of Christ, and as we saw last week, Jesus entered into Jerusalem riding a little colt to present Himself as the long awaited Messiah! The City of Jerusalem was ecstatic, for they hailed Him as the Son of David, and cried out Hosanna to the Lord! It was a great celebration in which the people cut down palm branches and placed them in the path of the Lord. Every one was so happy, but now we see that the Lord takes some drastic actions, which causes a violent reaction, as we will see this morning.

1- The Zeal of the Lord

We have seen that Jesus has come into the City of Jerusalem and presented Himself as the long awaited Messiah of the Jews. John says that Jesus came unto His own and His own received Him not. This is the turning point in the life of many of the Jews. They were expecting a military leader such as an Alexander the Great, or a Napoleon to deliver them from the cruelty of the Roman Empire. They had been under Roman suppression for many years and they had seen many of their loved ones die at the hands of these Barbarians, as they would view them. The Romans taxed the Jews, and now, they were hoping that this miracle worker would rescue them from this cruelty. They hailed Him with Hosannas, and threw old clothes in from of Him, as well as Palm branches. But Jesus did not come to deliver them from the Romans, but He came to deliver them from their sins.

He attacks Judaism in the temple of God, because it was a system that had been perverted into teaching that one can earn his or her way into heaven by good works. If a person's bad works outweighed their good works, they could not enter heaven, but if their good works outweighed their bad works, they would make it into the Kingdom of God. That is not what the Bible teaches. The Law of Moses was not given to get us to heaven, but to show us that we could not get into heaven by our good works. We need a Savior, a rescuer, and His name is Jesus Christ!

Galatians 3
24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
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