How romantic is God? He calls himself a lover and woos anyone in need of his grace and power. He also gets jealous. Let Jesus show you how that is a good thing.

Notes And Next Steps

Mark 11:12-18  + Part 7 of the series “Heaven On Earth"

“I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.” (Exodus 20:5)

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. (Mark 11:15)

“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’.” (Mark 11:16)

Money and rituals were getting in the way of worship and faith.

Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” (Mark 11:12-14)

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. (Mark 11:18)

Jesus is the precious payment.
Jesus is the sacrificial lamb.
Jesus is the spiritual vine.
The new temple is all believers.




                  1. YOUR PICK: The ancient historian Josephus reports that during Passover week one year, ________ lambs were bought, sold and sacrificed in the temple courts.
                    A. 500
                    B. 2,500
                    C. 50,000
                    D. 250,000
                  2. VERBAL INSPIRATION:  This account is found in all 4 gospels. Matthew, Mark and Luke place it for chronological reasons. John places it for _________________ reasons.
                  3. ACTION ITEMS: Read Isaiah 56:5-8. When it comes to first-time guests, and especially new believers, what are they looking for that we can provide and “give them joy?” Careful answering if you aren’t a first-time guest or new believer.