by Ernest Easley

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Trouble at the Temple (5 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
John 2:13-25

We are continuing our study of John's gospel this morning. Last Sunday in chapter 2 we attended a wedding in Cana. This morning we are at worship in Jerusalem. And both the wedding and worship causes us to Behold the Lamb!

So join me in John chapter 2 where we find there was Trouble at the Temple. Don't think that God is not interested in your motives for being here! We're going to read this morning about some people who showed up for worship who were more interested in making a profit than offering praise!

They were more interested in what they could get into their wallet than what they could give from their heart! They remind me of bird in the Virgin Islands called the ''ME-ME'' bird. It gets its name from the sound it makes: ''ME. ME. ME. ME''

It will be a great day when you learn that worship is not so much getting as it is giving! We are here primarily to give praise and honor and glory to God!! We are here for praise not profit! We are here for giving not gaining!

And when that happens... worship will come alive! There will be an excitement in your worship! And those who visit from Sunday to Sunday will know that you love Jesus!

Well... let's begin reading in John 2.13 as we read about...

Now as we see the trouble at the Temple... the first thing we find is... (1) THE CELEBRATION AT THE TEMPLE.

Verse 13, ''Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.'' We read about the Passover back in Exodus 12. That was the night that the death angel passed over the houses where the blood had been applied.

Exodus 12.12-13, ''For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of ''Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood ...

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