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Week Twenty-Two: The Unexpected Temple

June 19, 2016 Preacher: Jeff Vanderstelt Series: The Unexpected Jesus - Missing the Messiah

Topic: Gospel Passage: Mark 11:1–11:25

Week Twenty-Two: The Unexpected Temple

Passage: Mark 11:1-25


Jesus enters into Jerusalem with fanfare as people call out “Save, I pray” (Hosanna) prior to him going into the temple. Mark introduces a fig tree that produces no fruit prior to Jesus’ returning to the temple to ‘cleanse’ it. The fig tree becomes a picture of the fruitless work of the temple. Just as Jesus cursed the fig tree, he speaks against what is going on in the temple. It was meant to be a place for the Gentiles to come to God in prayer, but has turned into a den of robbers. Jesus then shows what will happen to the temple by showing the death of the fig tree. The intent of the passage is to show not only God’s judgment on the religious leaders, but also to show that Jesus is the true and better temple who will die, offering forgiveness and access to God, and produce fruitfulness.

Faith to save in a temple that moves

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