Time to Tidy the Temple – Biblical Repentance
January 31, 2021

Time to Tidy the Temple – Biblical Repentance

Preacher:
Passage: Matthew 21:12-17

Let’s continue our study as we will spend our time discovering how true Biblical repentance should be practiced in our lives.

John 8:32 … 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

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.’”

1. JESUS’ IMMEDIATE RESPONSE

2. THE COMMOTION IN OUR LIVES

3. THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 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!” 

· So why did He find the temple in the same condition some 3 years later?

First, let’s think about what true, Godly repentance doesn’t  looks like . . .

1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SIN IS NOT TRUE BIBLICAL REPENTANCE

> 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.”

> 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.”

2. 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.

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.