27 Apr 2014: “Are we Authentic in our Worship?”

Apr 27, 14 27 Apr 2014: “Are we Authentic in our Worship?”

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Speaker: Youth Pastor Lydia Ang

Today’s text involves two events: Jesus’ rebuking the barren fig tree and the cleansing of the Temple. The people of God are given a word of warning here and that is the Lord Jesus is examining our lives: He pulls back the “leaves” looking for genuine spiritual fruit in our lives. He looks into the temple of our hearts and sees if there is authentic worship.

This tree Jesus came to was very leafy so it had the appearance of a fruitful tree. Yet, when Jesus searched the tree, He found it was all leaves; the tree was barren. Jesus next goes to the Temple. While the sale of the animals and other items used for worship was helpful and even necessary, the merchants were charging the worshippers exorbitant prices. And the priests were charging the merchants a fee for operating their stalls. It was a big money racket that preyed on poor. The Temple had become a “den of robbers”. And people were using the Temple grounds as a shortcut to get across to the other side of town.The people had lost all respect for the holiness and sanctity of the Temple and treated its grounds like it was any other place. Jesus examines our hearts and sees if there is authentic worship. Are we “all leaf” without fruit? Is there any spiritual hypocrisy in our worship?

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