biblestudy: Matthew (Part 27)

Matthew 21:11 - 32
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 28-Jul-82; Sermon #BS-MA27; 75 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh picks up with the account of Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem shortly before His crucifixion, an event which fulfilled prophecies and significantly dramatized Jesus Christ's messiahship. The crowds welcoming Jesus, while looking for a political or military hero, were actually choosing the sacrificial Paschal Lamb of God on the 10th day of Nisan. Jesus was actually throwing down the gauntlet, laying claim to His role as Messiah. The religious authorities were terrified of losing their power base. Jesus cleansed the temple of opportunistic usurious moneychangers in the courtyard of the Gentiles, an extremely crowded public place. God's Church should never be involved with fleecing the membership in any way. Additionally, God's name should never be associated with junk. After driving out the money changers, Jesus healed the blind and the lame and befriended the children who were engaged in praising Him. The truth is often clearer to the simple and innocent than to the sophisticated intellectuals. Because the fig tree was emblematic of peace and prosperity, and because it was generally prolific in yielding, Jesus cursing the fig tree carried an implied caution against lack of spiritual productivity. If a fig tree does have full leaves, it should also have full fruit; if not, the growth cycle is out of sync or degenerate. The fig tree in the New Testament (Luke 13:6) represents you and me; we are required to bear fruit. God judges by what a person produces; if we don't produce, we are useless. Uselessness invites disaster. Profession without practice is condemned. Jesus taught the disciples that prayer is power and extremely profitable in clearing up mountainous problems. Prayer should be used by us to find the ability to do. God will only do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. God wants us to be problem solvers, proved by trials, tests, and experie

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Al Carrozo Ambassador approach Annas Ascending courtyards Avoiding direct confrontation Baptism of John Bertrand Russell Casting mountain into the sea Commissary Courtyard of the Gentiles Courtyard of the Israelites Courtyard of the priests Courtyard of the women Degenerate tree Deuteronomy 8: 3,8 Developing character Endorsing products Entry into Jerusalem Exploitation of the membership Exodus 12 Fig tree I Corinthians 1:26 Full leaf in April Garner Ted Armstrong Garage sale Half shekel tax Hebrew idiom Hosanna Learning by suffering Luke 13: 6 Maintenance tax Mark 11:13 Micah 4:4 Mountains out of molehills New growth as buds Parable of two sons in vineyard Passover lamb Prayer Psalm 8 Save now II Corinthians 10:12-13 Selling of the doves Seventh Day Adventist Church Specific purpose statement Sweeping generalizations Temple precinct Temple tax Temple Third commandment Thorn in the flesh Time of universal prosperity and peace Zechariah 3:10 Withering of fig tree

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