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God Won’t Live In a Dirty House

Matthew 21:12-18 GNV

12  Jesus went into the Temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the stools of those who sold pigeons,

13  and said to them, “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, “My Temple will be called a house of prayer.’ But you are making it a hideout for thieves!”

14  The blind and the crippled came to him in the Temple, and he healed them.

15  The chief priests and the teachers of the Law became angry when they saw the wonderful things he was doing and the children shouting in the Temple, “Praise to David’s Son!”

16  So they asked Jesus, “Do you hear what they are saying?” “Indeed I do,” answered Jesus. “Haven’t you ever read this scripture? “You have trained children and babies to offer perfect praise.’ ”

17  Jesus left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

18  On his way back to the city early next morning, Jesus was hungry.

 

Mark 11:4-12,15 GNV

4    So they went and found a colt out in the street, tied to the door of a house. As they were untying it,

5    some of the bystanders asked them, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”

6    They answered just as Jesus had told them, and the crowd let them go.

7    They brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the animal, and Jesus got on.

8    Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches in the field and spread them on the road.

9    The people who were in front and those who followed behind began to shout, “Praise God! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord!

10  God bless the coming kingdom of King David, our father! Praise be to God!”

11  Jesus entered Jerusalem, went into the Temple, and looked around at everything. But since it was already late in the day, he went out to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

12  The next day, as they were coming back from Bethany, Jesus was hungry.

15  When they arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus went to the Temple and began to drive out all those who were buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the stools of those who sold pigeons,

 

Two test of character:

1.      What make you ANGRY

2.      Who your ENEMIES are

 

    I.        The PURPOSE of the temple

1 Kings 8:31-32, a place for the DEFENSELESS

31 “When a person is accused of wronging another and is brought to your altar in this Temple to take an oath that he is innocent, 32 O Lord, listen in heaven and judge your servants. Punish the guilty one as he deserves, and acquit the one who is innocent.

1 Kings 8:33-34, a place for the DEFEATED

33 “When your people Israel are defeated by their enemies because they have sinned against you, and then when they turn to you and come to this Temple, humbly praying to you for forgiveness, 34 listen to them in heaven. Forgive the sins of your people and bring them back to the land which you gave to their ancestors.

1 Kings 8:35-36, a place during DROUGHT

35 “When you hold back the rain because your people have sinned against you, and then when they repent and face this Temple, humbly praying to you, 36 listen to them in heaven. Forgive the sins of the king and of the people of Israel, and teach them to do what is right. Then, O Lord, send rain on this land of yours, which you gave to your people as a permanent possession.

1 Kings 8:37-40, a place during DESPERATION

37 “When there is famine in the land or an epidemic or the crops are destroyed by scorching winds or swarms of locusts, or when your people are attacked by their enemies, or when there is disease or sickness among them, 38 listen to their prayers. If any of your people Israel, out of heartfelt sorrow, stretch out their hands in prayer toward this Temple, 39 hear their prayer. Listen to them in your home in heaven, forgive them, and help them. You alone know the thoughts of the human heart. Deal with each person as he deserves, 40 so that your people may obey you all the time they live in the land which you gave to our ancestors.

1 Kings 8:41-43, a place of DENUNCIATION

41 “When a foreigner who lives in a distant land hears of your fame and of the great things you have done for your people and comes to worship you and to pray at this Temple, 43 listen to his prayer. In heaven, where you live, hear him and do what he asks you to do, so that all the peoples of the world may know you and obey you, as your people Israel do. Then they will know that this Temple I have built is the place where you are to be worshiped.

1 Kings 8: 44-45, a place of DEPLOYMENT

44 “When you command your people to go into battle against their enemies and they pray to you, wherever they are, facing this city which you have chosen and this Temple which I have built for you, 45 listen to their prayers. Hear them in heaven and give them victory.

1 Kings 8:47-53, a place of DECISION

47 listen to your people’s prayers. If there in that land they repent and pray to you, confessing how sinful and wicked they have been, hear their prayers, O Lord. 48 If in that land they truly and sincerely repent and pray to you as they face toward this land which you gave to our ancestors, this city which you have chosen, and this Temple which I have built for you, 49 then listen to their prayers. In your home in heaven hear them and be merciful to them. 50 Forgive all their sins and their rebellion against you, and make their enemies treat them with kindness. 51 They are your own people, whom you brought out of Egypt, that blazing furnace. 52 “Sovereign Lord, may you always look with favor on your people Israel and their king, and hear their prayer whenever they call to you for help. 53 You chose them from all the peoples to be your own people, as you told them through your servant Moses when you brought our ancestors out of Egypt.”

1 Kings 9:1-31 After King Solomon had finished building the Temple and the palace and everything else he wanted to build, 2 the Lord appeared to him again, as he had in Gibeon. 3 The Lord said to him, “I have heard your prayer. I consecrate this Temple which you have built as the place where I shall be worshiped forever. I will watch over it and protect it for all time.

 

 

 II.        The PERVERSION of the temple

 

Leviticus 5:7-8 GNV7 If you cannot afford a sheep or a goat, you shall bring to the Lord as the payment for your sin two doves or two pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. 8 You shall bring them to the priest, who will first offer the bird for the sin offering. He will break its neck without pulling off its head

Amos 5:21-24 CEV21 I, the Lord, hate and despise your religious celebrations and your times of worship. 22 I won’t accept your offerings or animal sacrifices—not even your very best. 23 No more of your noisy songs! I won’t listen  when you play your harps. 24 But let justice and fairness flow like a river that never runs dry.

 

The Prosperity Gospel:

1.      Seed SOWING

2.      Social ACCOMMODATION

3.      Conspicuous CONSUMPTION

 

The African American community is facing two economic challenges:

1.      Making up ground for PAST DISCRIMINATION

Wealth unlike income develops over GENERATIONS

2.      Income disparity because of the DECLINING value of labor

 

III.        The PURIFYING of the temple

Isaiah 56:7 GNV – “I will bring you to Zion, my sacred hill, give you joy in my house of prayer, and accept the sacrifices you offer on my altar. My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.”

Jeremiah 7:11 GNV – Do you think that my Temple is a hiding place for robbers? I have seen what you are doing.

1 Peter 4:17 KJV – For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

 

IV.        The POWER of the temple

·         Poor people get PROTECTED

·         Prayer gets PROMOTED

·         Hurts get HEALED

·         Worship gets WONDROUS

·         Children get CHAMPIONED

 

Psalm 8:2 GNV – it is sung by children and babies. You are safe and secure from all your enemies; you stop anyone who opposes you.

Matthew 23:38-39 NIV38 Look, your house is left to you desolate.  39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”

Matthew 24:1-2 GNV1 Jesus left and was going away from the Temple when his disciples came to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Yes,” he said, “you may well look at all these. I tell you this: not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.”

1 Corinthians 6:19 GNV – Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God;

John 14:16 GNV – I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever.

 

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