“The next day, as he left Bethany, Jesus was feeling hungry. He noticed a leafy fig tree in the distance, so he walked over to see if there was any fruit on it, but there was none—only leaves (for it wasn’t yet the season for bearing figs). Jesus spoke to the fig tree, saying, “No one will ever eat fruit from you again!” And the disciples overheard him. When they came into Jerusalem, Jesus went directly into the temple area and overturned all the tables and benches of the merchants who were doing business there. One by one he drove them all out of the temple courts, and they scattered away, including the money changers and those selling doves. And he would not allow them to use the temple courts as a thoroughfare for carrying their merchandise and their furniture.”
Mark 11:12-16 TPT
I love my Jesus.
His heart is like mine, or should I say my heart is like His.
Becoming more like His, rather.
What is in our heart will always manifest in the natural realm.
Jesus walked in the natural just as we do, yet living from the Spirit.
And the Spirit gave him a Word picture that day.
A word of knowledge, before he ever got to the real situation.
Those leaves on that fig tree were hypocrites.
They were appearing to be fruitful.
They even drew Jesus to them,
Yet only to find nothing of substance.
Then, He got to the temple to find what God was showing Him.
The appearance of church service,
But in reality, a selfish display of what was really going on on their hearts.
They looked identical to the world’s system.
Selling and buying sacrifices.
God had intended a sacrifice that genuinely cost the one sacrificing,
A tug on the heart,
Not the pocket book.
God wanted an extravagant sacrifice as He intended to display to the world through His Son.
But the very ones who should have been drawing the world to God,
had cheapened His Kingdom to that of the world.
What should have been feeding people was actually drawing their nutrients.
It was false advertisement.
No wonder the religious elite were afraid of the Kingdom in Jesus.
It was dethroning theirs.
I believe our Lord is doing much the same through His children today.
We are rising up and saying the imitation church has to bow to Jesus.
His house is a Place if Worth-ship, not to be cheapened by selling or buying false sacrifices.
There is only One True Sacrifice worthy of our Praise.
Let us Rise to His occasion today!