“Zealous for God’s Glory” (Mark 11:15-19


I. Introduction. A. Orientation. 1. Last time, saw cursing of fig tree. a. Jesus entered Jerusalem, b. Saw fig tree in leaf, c. Went looking for food d. But didn’t find any. (i) It wasn’t the season for figs. (ii) And so He cursed the tree. 2. Jesus was teaching two lessons: a. The danger of not bearing fruit. (i) Every believer will bear fruit. (ii) The Father prunes so bear more (John 15). (iii) If there is no fruit – (iv) If the mina/talent not making anything – (v) Then that branch is thrown into the fire. (vi) If that’s the case with you, (vii) You need to repent and trust in Jesus (viii) If you do, then will bear fruit. b. The promise of answered prayer. (i) Jesus said if don’t doubt, do same. (ii) Even move mountains. (iii) But must have promise not to doubt. (a) God must promise. (b) If He has, can ask, (c) And know He hears and will give. (d) Jesus says: Pray, that joy be full (John 16:24). (e) Let’s not forget to make use (f) Of the promises in prayer. B. Preview. 1. This morning, a. We see Jesus come to Temple b. And was offended at what saw. (i) Instead of protecting holiness of God – (ii) The sanctity of His place of worship – (iii) The leaders had turned it into a robbers’ den. (iv) They were profiteering: (a) Requiring that money be changed to temple currency.

2 (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g) (h) Not accepting the animals they brought, Selling doves – for the poorest to offer – And other sacrificial animals – At inflated rate; It wasn’t just those present: Those in charge of Temple Also received their cut.

(v) The place where prayer was to be offered Had become a place of greed and extortion. (vi) And so out of zeal for God’s honor (a) Jesus cleansed the Temple. (b) He overthrew the tables, (c) And drove them out. 2. From this, we may learn two things: a. First, the zeal you must have for God’s glory. b. And second, the cost you must be willing to pay for that zeal. II. Sermon. A. First, you need to be zealous for God’s glory. 1. Jesus saw what His people (the church) had done to His worship. a. They turned it into a business. (i) They were more interested in making money, (ii) Than honoring God. b. The sad thing is, many churches today do the same. (i) Don’t want preach truth, (ii) Or worship in biblical way. (iii) Want big programs, (iv) More like show/entertainment. (v) Don’t want preach truth – offends people, not return. (vi) If you do things according to the book/Bible (a) Congregation small. (b) If small, can’t boast. (c) If small, not much money. (vii) Greed can overcome truth. (a) Love of money root of all sorts of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). (b) The same happened here: (c) Their greed overcame desire to honor Him. c. And so Jesus drove out (i) Those who were selling – for reasons we’ve seen. (ii) And those buying –

3 (a) Who weren’t standing up for truth, (b) But submitting to this. (c) Whether instigator or participant, still dishonoring to God. (iii) He overturned tables of moneychangers, seats those selling doves, (iv) And no longer permit anyone to carry merchandise through temple. d. But He also showed them their error. (i) What that house was for: (ii) Worship: for prayer, for all nations. (iii) A place to bring honor, (iv) To seek Him, (v) Not for greed and extortion. 2. What does this teach you? a. Jesus is your example. b. What is He teaching you here? c. Jesus loved His Father, (i) Wanted Him to be honored. (ii) What He saw made Him angry. (a) You can’t help but be provoked, (b) When One you love is offended. (c) It moves you to do something about it. d. How much does your love move you? (i) Does it make you angry to see (a) The One your soul loves more than anything (b) Being dishonored? (ii) Are you offended when unbelievers (a) Do things that dishonor Him? (b) What about “believers”? (iii) We need to be careful here: (a) There are many churches (b) That sincerely believe what they preach and teach. (c) They’re not trying to dishonor, but honor Him. (d) You need to help them in patience and love (e) Realizing that anything they believe – (f) That you believe as well – (g) That isn’t true, isn’t going to help you, but hurt. (iv) But there are others (a) Who market Christianity – (b) Those who lead and follow – (c) According to what we see here

4 (d) (e) (f) (g) Both dishonor the Lord, But the leaders more. As the Lord gives opportunity You need to tell them the truth.

e. How far should you go? (i) Jesus drove them out of the temple; (ii) He overturned their tables. (a) You don’t have right to do this – (b) That was His temple – (c) If you were the Lord (d) That would be one thing – (e) But since you’re not, all you can do is tell them. (f) Don’t be afraid to speak the truth (g) But make sure you do it as graciously as possible. B. Secondly, remember there is a cost for standing up for the truth. 1. The chief priests and scribes heard what Jesus did a. And began seeking to destroy Him. b. Standing up for the truth (i) May not make you popular: (ii) It will likely bring persecution. (iii) All who live godly in Christ Jesus (iv) Will be persecuted (2 Tim. 3:12). c. Whenever you disagree with someone (i) You run the risk of offending them, (ii) Of their getting angry with you, (iii) Especially if what you say (a) Costs them something – (b) Either reputation or money. d. Are you willing to pay that price? (i) Do you love the Lord enough (ii) To pay it? (a) Paul was beaten three times (1) Even stoned on one occasion (2 Cor. 11:25). (2) All which left his body scarred (Gal. 6:17). (3) And all this was done – (4) For the most part – (5) By the OT church – the Jews – (6) For telling them the truth. (b) Are you willing to risk (1) The contempt and hatred of others (2) For doing the same?


(iii) How much will it cost to stand up for the Lord? (a) It cost some their lives. (1) That’s what it cost Jesus. (2) And Paul, Peter, James and John. (3) And the many martyrs throughout history. (b) The exact cost is in the Lord’s hands. (1) Sometimes He protects from harm. (2) But sometimes, He chooses to do otherwise. (3) You need to remember (A) He has the right to do with you what He wills (B) Because He is your Creator. (C) You need to let Him do what He wills (D) And not be afraid. (4) That’s what Luther did. (A) It wasn’t always an easy road (B) But he was willing to travel it for the Lord’s glory. (C) If Luther hadn’t been willing to walk it (D) He never would have been able to do what he did. (5) General Thomas Jackson was aware (A) Of God’s absolute sovereignty over him. (B) When his men asked him (C) How he could sit so steadily on his horse (D) While his enemies fired at him, (E) He told them he was as safe on his horse (F) As he was at home in his bed. (G) Either place his life (H) Was just as much in God’s hands. (I) He was willing to walk that road as well. (6) You can tell when someone (A) Really believes what they say – (B) When they practice it. (c) You need to remember (1) That you are virtually indestructible (2) Until the Lord wills otherwise. (3) And if He wills otherwise, (4) Not only is there nothing you can do about it, (5) But even if you could (6) You shouldn’t: (7) His will is always best. (A) When James Boice was dying of liver cancer

6 (B) He said if he could change his condition, He wouldn’t. (C) For things to be other than what they were (D) Would be to upset God’s perfect will. 2. Are you willing a. To love God enough (i) To stand up for His honor (ii) And do what’s right? b. Are you willing to speak the truth, (i) Believing that God will (ii) Watch over your safety? c. And are you also willing (i) To believe that even if God wills (ii) That you should suffer (iii) For doing what’s right, (iv) That it’s better that you do? d. Do you love Him enough to do this? (i) Do you trust Him enough? (ii) This is what it means to be a Christian. (iii) To be zealous for His glory. e. That’s what made the difference (i) Between those who made more talents and minas (ii) And those that didn’t – (iii) They loved their Lord (iv) And wanted to do their best for Him. f. If you don’t love Him, (i) Then you need to come to His Son, (ii) And ask Him to change your heart (iii) To put that love there (iv) That will give you the strength (v) To turn from your sins and follow Him. g. If you do love Him, (i) But not very strongly, (ii) You need more of His Spirit. (a) You need to fall out of love with this world, (b) And fall more in love with Him, (1) By seeking Him continually in prayer, (2) By reading His Word in faith (3) And faithfully applying it, (4) And by giving yourself wholly to worship Him,

7 (5) As we’ll see further this evening. h. May the Lord grant that each of us (i) Would love Him enough (ii) To stand up for Him (iii) In a world that hates Him, (iv) And use us to advance His cause in this world. (v) Amen.


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