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The Bulletin's Front Page Message
Jesus entered the temple area 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. “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.” The blind and the
lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the
law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of
David,” they were indignant. “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 have ordained praise?’
And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night". (Matthew 21:12-17).
The spiritual condition of those at the temple buying and selling was a fruitless condition. It had the “look” of spiritual life, but it was empty of any real evidence. The temple should have been the very heartbeat of the spiritual condition of Israel, but it was the place where unresponsive hearts were dwelling.
Jesus expected to find spiritual fruit from this place, but he found none. This will lead us into our passage this morning about the fig tree.
May we come to learn together.