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Frustrated with Church

We all get frustrated with Church
Lenten season. Finished our Identity Series: Stolen Identity
I am reading from the Second chapter of John today. In the three gospels, this is post Triumphal entry. So RJ read Mark for us, but John has the most details.
We will jump back a little: hard to get it all in sequence unless we come to church every day between now and Easter
In the gospel of Mark, we find Jesus had left Bethsaida, traveled North to Caesarea Philippi and is now headed south to Jerusalem. As they head south (Coffeyville to Owasso) along the mountain range and it is here Jesus is transfigured. .
He is leading his disciples
He is teaching his disciples (redundant)
He is thinking about the cross
Pass through Galilee (NE Oklahoma)
Come to Capernaum 9:33 and the disciples are disputing among them selves who will be greatest
Leave there and travel to the area of Judea, like saying central Oklahoma.
Teaches on Hell, divorce, riches and the coming Crucifixion,
Peter comes to him and states, we have left all for you and followed you whats in it for us...
James and John come to Him and ask Him to do what ever they ask: to sit on his left and right
Come to Jericho (walking ion the east side of the mountain)
and Jesus runs into Blind Bartimaeus around Bethsaida: he heals him.
and now he comes to Jerusalem. It is the dreaded, required, passion week. (sermon in two weeks)
Entering Jerusalem on a donkey yeah a colt, he weeps over the city and comes to the temple.
The temple isn’t what it used to be. It was a place where God dwelt. The people would come there and seek God and worship God. They brought their sanctified selves, their burnt offerings, their sin offering, their grain offering, their wave offering, their trespass offering, and their peace offering.
God would descend on them in a cloud of smoke, and when it was time to move, a pillar of fire by night.
Solomon established the temple as a building a house of God.
Solomon said it best. The temple cannot contain God!
Solomon remarked
But it is his place of worship. His place of sacrifice.
As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire fell!
The people still brought their sacrifices there.
2 Chronicles 7:1–3 NKJV
When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 7:
Solomon lost the zeal for God and chased foreign women. The kingdom was ripped from his hands.
It lay in utter ruin.
Zerubbabel had a conversation with some travelers and asked concerning the temple and Jerusalem. Zerubbabel heard of its destruction and received permission from the King to go and rebuild. He did so with much opposition and yet the hand of the Lord helped him.
Here we are. At the temple. The temple Solomon said cannot contain God, yet it is their ritual to come and prepare for the Passover. But it isn’t what it use to be. The sacrifice was two part. Yes it was a lamb sacrificed on the 14th day of the first month. But it was a sacrifice from your heard. If you didn’t have a heard, you took the time, time = sacrifice, and you picked one out worthy of sacrifice and you paid for it with your earned money. You did the work, you sacrificed for God.
A lamb if you could afford it, a pair of pigeons if you could not afford a lamb.
Come on. Drag a lamb all the way to Jerusalem. No. We can get one on the way, or better yet. We will buy one at the temple. This atonement for sin is easy!
No sacrifice on our part.
Can you hear the commercial. It atonement time! come one come all to Jerusalem, spend the night is a luxurious barn, and don’t worry about the lamb, just pick one up here at lambs are us!
What you have a denari, sorry we only take Caesars coins, but we can exchange that for you, for a small fee, just step inside the temple.
2 pigeons coming right up.
Come on. Drag a lamb all the way to Jerusalem. No. We can get one on the way, or better yet. We will buy one at the temple. This atonement for sin is easy!
Whatever you need folks, step right us, your sins will be as scarlet, your...
The lamb at the temple provided salvation, the people were in preparation for the passover. Pick your lamb on the 10th day keep it until the 14th day.
Jesus came with no lamb.
Can you hear the commercial. It atonement time! come one come all to Jerusalem, spend the night is a luxurious barn, and don’t worry about the lamb, just pick one up here at lambs are us!
This is where God is.
What you have a denari, sorry we only take Caesars coins, but we can exchange that for you, for a small fee, just step inside the temple.
2 pigeons coming right up.
Whatever you need folks, step right us, your sins will be as scarlet, your...
Exodus 12:5–13 NKJV
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Exodus 12:5–12 NKJV
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire—its head with its legs and its entrails. You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.
Exodus 12:5-
Come on. Drag a lamb all the way to Jerusalem. No. We can get one on the way, or better yet. We will buy one at the temple. This atonement for sin is easy!
No sacrifice on our part.
Can you hear the commercial. It atonement time! come one come all to Jerusalem, spend the night is a luxurious barn, and don’t worry about the lamb, just pick one up here at lambs are us!
What you have a denari, sorry we only take Caesars coins, but we can exchange that for you, for a small fee, just step inside the temple.
2 pigeons coming right up.
Whatever you need folks, step right us, your sins will be as scarlet, your...
The lamb at the temple provided salvation, the people were in preparation for the passover. Pick your lamb on the 10th day keep it until the 14th day.
Jesus came with no lamb.
This is where God is.
But it is his place of worship. His place of sacrifice.
As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire fell!
2 Chronicles 7:1–3 NKJV
When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 7:
Jesus showed up without a sacrifice. He made a whip out of chords and drove them away. Scattered their money and turned over their seats.
Zerubbabel built the second temple.
Sacrifice
Jesus showed up without a sacrifice. He made a whip out of chords and drove them away. Scattered their money and turned over their seats.
He made a whip of chords.
This is premeditated! Radical, revolutionary.
Did Jesus lay that whip across their backs? Did he draw blood?
Did he mean to do what he did as fiercly as he did: stop the passover sacrifice!
Is the Jesus you know capable of this?
Malachi said this will happen: Behold i will send my messenger:
Malachi 3:1–3 NKJV
“Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the Lord of hosts. “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire And like launderers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord An offering in righteousness.
The disciples remembered Psalm 69
Malachi 3:1-
Psalm 69:9 NKJV
Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
Psalm 69:7–8 NKJV
Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, And an alien to my mother’s children;
psalm 69:9
Psalm 69:19–21 NKJV
You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; My adversaries are all before You. Reproach has broken my heart, And I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; And for comforters, but I found none. They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
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Who do you think you are? 18 (what authority)
Destroy this sanctuary and in three days I will raise it up!
Get the picture here. DON’T MISS IT>
He is the temple
God lives in Him
If you want to find God go to Jesus He is the temple
No one comes to the Father except through Him
Go to HIM
This is our cornerstone! God dwells in Jesus, Jesus is God! He is the way, He is the truth, He is the life.
People are frustrated with the church because we won’t accept other Gods. People are frustrated with the church because we stand on this principal! People outside the church cannot see that there is one way and one way only.
Jesus came without a lamb. WHY?
He is the lamb!
His life is the sacrifice.
Who did He think He was! How dare He stop the sacrifice of the lambs.
He was nothing less than the lamb of god who takes away the sin of the world!
John the Baptist said it best: Behold, the lamb of God!
Jesus is the lamb of God, and through His shed blood, he has taken away your sin and mine.
We come and we bring the sacrifice. The sacrifice of Praise. The sacrifice of the tithe and offering.
Why? The lamb of God is here. The conquering King is here. His Holy Spirit given to us is here.
Worship Team
God has come down to them in human form and they go to the temple. He is not there. He is standing outside the temple and they don’t recognize him.
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