by Christina Farris
12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.
20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things. What is insurrection it is a violent act usually encouraging others to commit a crime with you like in a rebellion against some authority. Despite whatever Former President Trump lawyers bring to the table of the senate, the impeachment hearing will probably continue if nothing more to talk about issue that occured. Will it pacify most people, all but those who lost family members that day perhaps. Pacifying the breakdown of events to see why it occured and how to prevent it. Yet in Jesus day as he walked into the temple courts and found people selling he became angry and violent enough to turn the money changers table over.
The point being did Jesus commit a crime in the temple in Jerusalem. Had things changed to allow selling in the temple courts. Scripture declares that the temple would be called a house of prayer, but they made it into a den of thieves. Jesus was standing up for God's house, but at the same time he did it in a violent way. If this happened in our world there would be arrest soon to come. With camera protection that some church if not most church are not installing, they hope to ride anyone from vandelizing a church or sanctuary. Yet usually you do not find the thieves welcomes in the house to do just that. It like saying devil come on in make yourself right at home. That exactly what the Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes had done for the money changers, and the traders of sacrifices, for money. Jesus came in and said no more. He would actually cleanse the temple twice in his ministrial career, once in his early years and now at the end of his ministry.
If you look at the fig tree in the first part of the passage you find Jesus goes over to see if there is any fruit. It must of been maybe early spring and not quit warm enough for fruit to be ripped or on the tree. Jesus curses the tree and says it will never bear fruit. The next day after all that happen in the temple, disciples see the tree though it be withered and Jesus says have faith in God. Jesus goes on to say if you want a mountain to be moved and cast into the sea, then one needs to have faith and believe whatever you ask will be removed. Then Jesus begins to talk about sin and how when we ask God to forgive us he will, but you need to be able to forgive those sins you commit too.
To talk about forgiveness and just commit insurrection in the temple seems like an interesting discourse. However for Jesus, he committed no crime, but was just cleansing the temple, the act of violence justified by christians but what about Jews and the heathens selling in the temple? How quick we are to justify our actions. I weep because I wonder how many times as a Christian I justify it by the simple cleansing his Father's house and never looked at it from the Priest side. Jesus goes back to the temple next day the Priest began to talk to Jesus about his authority. Why he thought he had the right to turn over the tables.
Jesus reponse to the religious leaders with a question of his own, was John baptize from heaven? With that the Priest knew they could not respond by God's authority, if they did then Jesus would ask why did you not believe John. Another problem the religious leaders had to deny the baptism was from heaven, then they would make the people angry, for the people believed John to be a prophet. With the enability to response Jesus told the religious leaders I will not answer you.
We have to remember this same year High Priest Caiaphas had prophecized that one man must die for the people. They were trying to hold onto their authority and keep the peace in the land by betrayal of one man. Jesus being a good cannidate because of the discord he caused the religious leaders. The plot to kill Jesus began before the cleansing of the temple, but the cleansing of the temple was a form questioning authority of temple. He just a day ago also road into the temple streets, as a king. Jesus was just a man out of control to the priesthood that need stopping. Roman leaders not alert to any plot or any problems with Jesus yet, beyond the fact Herod thought Jesus was John the baptist raised from the dead. Who was John and Jesus but preachers of the kingdom of heaven and one needed to repent and be baptized. Jesus taught forgiveness of sin to the people, Jews and gentiles.
No I believe Jesus is more then a man but Lord and King of all, is authority is from above, yet when we see this story an authority is question Jesus does not answer them, why for him to be crucified their hearts would need to be harden to nail him to the cross. All this for a purpose, and all prophesied concerning the hardness of heart at the time of the Messiah.
If your authority is God, it does not mean you will suffer consequences for your actions if it violates governmental law. The question is, would it be God or would it be man own desire to right things in society. There been abortionist killed because pro lifers thought that it was against God. Our laws in society are they to protect society, the answer is yes. Riots, destruction is it of God. God knows too things to act in violence on the earth in form of riot will go against man's laws. God can overcome man's laws, for he is not sugject to the law of man. However we are subject to the law of man and the law of God and God being first though, we often weigh consequences of man's laws. If in Titus it says to obey the authority of man in every good work, said by Paul, do you obey the laws of man or the laws of God, what did Paul do in his ministry and what were the consequences for his actions. There are ways to change laws and fight without ever cause harm. Even I admit it does not always work. How convicted is your heart on the matter is it worth the consequences of those action you may or may not intend? If God called us to love is our actions love.
There been time history man either stood up or got taken and bullied. The story of Robinhood retold. Yet Jesus' story turns out different, He rises from the dead after his persecution and crucifixion. He rises again to teach his people and ascends into heaven. He pays the human price for our sin against God. Jesus would tell the world they were worth it. They were worth it to cleanse the temple of our hearts from sin. To stop the separation from God and man. However Jesus is the only one to have the authority to do it, our authority comes with prayer and petitions to God, who answers our prayers. Jesus resurrection proof of his authority that his insurrection in the temple was not against God, or his declaration of himself as king, or Son of God as being equal in his authority and power.
Dear Heavenly Father, as we think of authority of man and your divine authority that ever so question, helps us to obey you to love despite the sin of the world, that violence and rebellion can lead to death. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:1 Thessalonians 2:12-20 KJV
12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.
18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
20 For ye are our glory and joy.
Titus 3:1-7 KJV