I wanted to choose each day an event that took place after Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. I’m quite sure this passed weekend you either read, watched or listened to a sermon about the the triumphal entry.
What about the events that happen right after and before Jesus was brought first to Annas the father-in-law of Caiaphas in John 18:13-14 on Friday the 16th of Nisan in the Jewish calendar. (March- April)
I have counted in all the gospels over 70 events that took place. I understand I can’t and won’t cover all of them, but I wanted to highlight a couple and touch on one each day until Good Friday.
Luke 19:41-44 tells us that Jesus Weeps for Jerusalem on Sunday the 11th of Nisan.
The next day is where we will take up. As you see in the text below in Mark 11:12-14 Jesus curses the Fig tree. We are going to skip this and talk more about it tomorrow morning Tuesday the 13th of Nisan when the the disciples asked how the fig tree withered so quickly.
-Our text today is Mark 11:15-18 Monday the 12 of Nisan.
The Kidron Valley looking south. This shows the Kidron Valley with the Mount of Olives on the left, a grove of olive trees in the center, and the eastern wall of the Temple Mount on the right.
On Monday after Jesus curses the fig tree they came to Jerusalem. They made there way down the Mount of Olives, crossed the Kidron Valley, and then towards the eastern gate. It was there that Jesus entered into the court of the Gentiles.
He began to drive out those who were selling and buying and overturned the tables of the money changers Mark 11:15.
The greek word for drive out is ἐκβάλλω ekbállō (ek-bal’-lo) means to cast out or throw with the idea of force, Jesus was full righteous indignation for what He saw going on in the court of Gentiles.
The court of Gentiles was basically turned into a market place and business center for Annas and Caiaphas both being High Priest. So much more can be said here, but you get the point! They were both money hungry robbers.
After Jesus drove the merchants and money changers away, a crowd gathered. He saw an opportunity to teach. Mark 11:17
He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den.” Quoting Isaiah 56:7, Jeremiah 7:11.
The court of Gentiles was supposed to be an atmosphere of prayer within the temple. The temple was much more than just a building. It was a house of prayer to draw closer to God. So not only did the religious leaders rob the people financially, more importantly they robbed them spiritually. They were stealing every opportunity from the people to allow them to really know God.
At this point I would be remiss if I didn’t give you a practical implication here. We don’t need big churches with big buildings and flamboyant preachers with gas bag mouths.
Unlike these religious leaders who only wanted to fill their bank accounts. Who didn’t care about peoples spiritual lives or take the opportunity to show them the way to God.
Give me a small church with a man of God who preaches the Word of God in season and out of season, reproving, rebuking, and exhorting me with great patience and instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2
Our opportunity to get close to God is every day in prayer, reading and studying the Word of God. Which leads to growing in our knowledge of the risen Savior our Lord Jesus Christ!
…and that’s a beautiful thing!