Text: Mark 1:21-28 | Speaker: Levi Bakerink | Description: John the Baptist promised that one coming after him would be 'mightier' than him. In this passage Jesus demonstrates his mightiness, his authority, in ways we do not expect. Not only does he have authority in his power over the unclean spirits, but he also has authority in his preaching—striking right to the heart of those who hear him. And this authority is good news for his people, because he is powerful to keep and protect us, and able to speak words of comfort into our every need.
Theme: King Jesus enters His temple to restore true worship.
In vv. 45-46, Jesus cleanses the temple. The high priests were charging an exorbitant amount for the convenience of purchasing the animals for sacrifice in the temple. Secondly, the moneychangers were overcharging to make a gross profit off of people who were coming to meet God. Thirdly, the intent and purpose for the house of God was not being met because of the other things going on in it. It was to be a house of prayer, and through the practices going on, this was impossible. Jesus tells them they have made His house a den of robbers. This comes from the prophet Jeremiah, when he condemns the people for being idolatrous and then going to the temple to worship. We are called to be holy in our worship and in our practice. In application, we need to be diligent to practice God's truth. In vv. 47-48, Jesus teaches in the temple. The people were hanging on His words. We also should focus our hearts to hear God's truth. When we come to worship God, do we simply go to be entertained or because it is tradition or do we prepare our hearts to hear God's Word? Jesus is the King. He has the authority. Let us be people who are not only ready to hear Christ's Word and practice it, but are eager to do so, people who worship Christ in Spirit and in truth!
Introduction to Matthew:
Haggai 2:1b-9 "Singing, Weeping, Hoping"
Three questions that Haggai gives to the people:
Who is left among you that saw the temple in its former glory? (Former glory)
How does it look to you now? (Present disappointment)
Does it not seem to you like nothing? (Honest comparison)
But now, take courage and work!
What is glory coming back?
This is future oriented prophecy
v.23 is a New Covenant prophetic pointer
Being fulfilled in Hebrews 12:25-29
LORD'S DAY 39
104. What does God require in the fifth Commandment?
That I show all honor, love, and faithfulness to my father and mother, and to all in authority over me, submit myself with due obedience to all their good instruction and correction, and also bear patiently with their infirmities, since it is God's will to govern us by their hand.
The Gospel of the Kingdom - Message 105 - Blind Guides - Matthew 23:13-22. Jesus condemns the religious leaders as false teachers, ravenous wolves, and hypocrites. In the first 4 woes He warns about the judgment they will bear for their self-deceit and wickedness.
The main idea presented here is that "Yahweh himself is coming to his people." This coming...
I. Is to be boldly announced.
II. Will be with power and authority.
III. Will be as the tender Shepherd of his flock.
#2124 - KJV - Isaiah 6:1-7
1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
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Introduction: 'Honor your father and mother...'
-The Definition of the Word "Honor"
Honoring One's Father & Mother is Not a Matter of Choice but a Commandment that Must be Obeyed
Those Who Demonstrate Respect and Honor to Those in Positions of Authority Will be Rewarded