Time to Tidy the Temple – Biblical Repentance 2
February 7, 2021

Time to Tidy the Temple – Biblical Repentance 2

Preacher:
Passage: Matthew 21:12-17

Sunday, February 7, 2021

REFRESHED HOLY LIVING:

Time to Tidy the Temple - Biblical Repentance 2

Mike Teel, Pastor

FOCAL PASSAGE: Matthew 21:12-17 ...12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”  14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.  16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.  “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”  17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

THE HYPOCRISY

NOTE THE HOUSE CLEANING

Matthew 21:12-13 ...12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”

WHAT IS GOD HONORING REPENTANCE?

  • It is important to remember, this is now the second time Jesus has cleansed the temple.
  • John 2:13-16 … 13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”

Let’s think about what true Godly repentance doesn’t look like . . .

  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SIN IS NOT TRUE BIBLICAL REPENTANCE
  • Acknowledging sin is the first step toward repentance but, please do not mistake it for repentance.
  • Allow me to share a couple of Biblical illustrations.
  • Pharaoh:

> Exodus 9:27-28  27 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,” he said to them. “The Lord is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. 28 Pray to the Lord, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t have to stay any longer.”

> Exodus 10:16-17 16 Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. 17 Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the Lord your God to take this deadly plague away from me.”

  • Judas:

> Matthew 27:1-10 ... 1 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.  When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”  “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”  So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.  The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”

  1. SHALLOW SURFACE REPENTANCE IS NOT TRUE BIBLICAL REPENTANCE
  • Salvation without repentance is not salvation at all – it is bargaining with God.
  • We want to do things our way and not God’s way.
  • Luke 13:3b ... 3b But unless you repent, you too will all perish.

Listen to what Peter said on the Day of Pentecost . . .

Acts 2:36-40 … 36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”  37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”  38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”  40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”

Acts 3:17-20 … 17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.  

  1. REPENTANCE IS A MAJOR THEME IN EARLY CHURCH AND JESUS’ MINISTRY
  • John the Baptist’s Message
  • Matthew 3:1-2 ... 1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
  • Jesus as He Begins to Preach
  • Matthew 4:12-17 ... 12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: 15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”  17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
  • Jesus Pronounces Woe on Unrepentant Towns
  • Matthew 11:20-24 ... 20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
  • Denial and No Repentance
  • Matthew 21:31-32 … 31Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
  1. PARABLE OF THE SEED AND THE SOILS
  • Listen carefully as Jesus tells us a couple of parables that come alive when we view them through the lens of TRUE GODLY REPENTANCE to Mark 4:1-10, 13-20:

Mark 4:1-10 … 1Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”  Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”  10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.

Mark 4:13-20 ... 13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

FOUR LEVELS OF REPENTANCE:

  1. NO REPENTANCE (HARD SOIL)

HEAVEN YES – JESUS NO! 

Mark 4:14-15 … 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

  1. SHALLOW REPENTANCE (SHALLOW SOIL)

HELL FIRE INSURANCE POLICY

Mark 4:16-17 … 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

  1. CLUTTERED REPENTANCE (CLUTTERED SOIL)

Mark 4:18-19 ... 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.              

HEALTH AND WEALTH REPENTANCE

  1. RICH REPENTANCE (GOOD SOIL)

Mark 4:20 … 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

RICH GODLY COMMENDABLE REPENTANCE

Mark 4:9 … Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” 

Mark 4:16 … 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.

Mark 4:8 ... Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” 

Mark 4:9 … Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” 

Acts 2:38  38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

LIVE IT OUT

> Have you repented of the sin in your life?

> Which of these four soils represent your level of repentance?

> Will you allow God access to the deep recesses of your life, and will you confess the sin God brings to your mind this week?