You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people's faces.
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’ The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
…zeal for your house consumes me…
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him would not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved.
2 Corinthians 4:1-7; Judges 7
We do not deserve to be a part of such a ministry as this. (2 Corinthians 4:1)
“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” (2 Corinthians 4:1)
We are frail jars of clay that God deposits his presence into. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay...” (2 Corinthians 4:7a)
When powerful things happen in our lives, or through our lives, others shake their head and say – “there’s no way.”
“to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7b)
When the Midianites thought of the Israelite’s that they bullied for seven years they said, “No Way” but the Israelites said, “Yahweh”
He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the LORD has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.” 16 Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers. 17 And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do: 18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, ‘The sword of the Yahweh and of Gideon!’ ” (Judges 7:15-18)
We are hard wired for story…story is literally in our DNA. -Brene Brown
With many stories like these, he presented his message to them, fitting the stories to their experience and maturity. He was never without a story when he spoke. Mark 4:33-34 (MSG)
He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. Matthew 13:11-15 (MSG)
But by the grace of God I am what I am. 1 Corinthians 15:10 (NIV)
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 (NIV)
Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more and there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. -Philip Yancey