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, ...

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