Vs. 10, “When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” Events are moving quickly now as Matthew takes us to Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We will see three events transpire from the enttry (vs. 1-11), the cleansing of the temple (vs. 12-16) and the fig tree (vs. 17-22). Each of these events would give us an indication of where Israel was at spiritually. Jesus would fulfill prophecy from Zechariah and Jeremiah and sadly, Israel would reject it’s king. Matthew tells us chief priests and elders were indignant. Question: What’s the big deal with this so-called prophet from Nazareth? Their jealousy would bring about the ultimate prophecy of Jesus dying on the cross. Jesus would share with them two parables in our chapter that would be an indictment toward’s them. The parable of the two son’s (vs. 28-32) show’s Israel’s rejection of God’s word from John the Baptists. The parable of the tenants (vs. 33-46), show’s us as Israel being the vineyard and God being the owner. Such a clear message of their hatred, yet they were too blind to realize they were giving into their hate.
Regarding application…Are you Praying? Vs. 13, “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ a but you are making it a den of robbers.” This is the second recorded cleansing that Jesus would do. In the beginning of his ministry, he did a similar act (John 2). The Jews were making money and hiding their sins. But God wants his temple to be place for prayer. Question: Why? Because it shows our dependance upon Him and because in the end….it pleases God. I think sometimes we make church a lot more difficult than we should. Church is fellowship with God and others. It’s a way to remember the goodness of God and communicate (prayer and bible) to him. So the application we can ask ourselves is…Question: Will you allow Jesus to cleanse You today? Put your dependance upon the Lord today and make today a blessed day!