Come Follow Me LDS- May 20-26 Part 2: Matthew 21

‘A Bull In A China Shop’

– The Chief Priests & Elders are the ‘Thieves’ of the Den

– Parable of the 2 Sons

– Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

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all right in this episode we’re gonna
talk about a bull in a china shop here
we go so our focus in this episode is
Matthew 21 alright where are we at
remember that Jesus has gone through the
procession now the multitudes the masses
his converts and others that are
interested in want to follow him have
come out with their palms the the lulav
and he’s got a day of atonement type of
a procession or a feast of tabernacles
type of procession where he’s coming in
from the Mount of Olives from the east
and entering Jerusalem and where does he
end up of course he ends up at the
temple because that’s where the king
would go for the great festival and
drama that would happen here and what
does he do when he gets there now John
is the only gospel that has Jesus Clint
cleansing the temple at the beginning of
his ministry the synoptic Gospels have
it at the end of his ministry so we
sometimes say that well this is the
second time that he cleanses the temple
that could be but we I don’t know that
we really know that John might be
purposefully taking things out of
chronological order authors do that
often to make a point and we’ve talked
about that previously but regardless
here Jesus is at the temple at the end
of the procession and why is he there
because he is the king of kings he is
the great high priest the new
Melchizedek which is the king of
righteousness or another phrase would be
your title would be the Prince of Peace
and as the new Melchizedek the new
Melchizedek priest or the royal priest
the high priest
he would be there to effectuate the Day
of Atonement ritual which used to be in
the first temple period the most sacred
of rituals all year long and that is
again I’m going to go over this quickly
here because it’s very important or they
would take the two goats the high priest
would put his hands on one of the heads
of the one of the goats remove all of
the sins and then put his hands on the
on the on the head of the other goat and
place all the sins on that other goat
now the pure goats the purified goat
would be the goat that is slain right
out is sacrificed and the blood is used
to cleanse the altar to cleanse the Holy
of Holies in the Ark of the Covenant to
cleanse the temple to cleanse the
priests to cleanse the people and to
cleanse the land it is the blood of
Christ that this represents well the
other goat is the scapegoat and that
goat is sent out of the city of
Jerusalem and eventually what they would
do is in later times they would force
the goat off of a cliff and he would
fall to his death that’s an important
scenario an important ritual to look at
when we’re looking at the scriptures
because we see this happen all the time
there is a separation we have for
example Lucifer and his followers are
kicked out of the pre-existence we have
Adam and Eve who are kicked out of the
garden because of sin and there is
always a sacrifice that is made for the
sinners and so that’s what’s happening
the the blood of the sacrificial goat
that was used to cleanse all of the
temple this is what the representation
of Jesus cleansing the temple is he is
going around and he is cleansing the
temple not with his blood at this point
but he’s cleansing the temple as the
high priest he is getting rid of the
moneychangers and think about again
going back to the spiritual economy how
this is mentioned it Jesus says that
this is a house of prayer a spiritual
house and you have made it
den of thieves again the spiritual
economy they are a den of thieves that
the the temple is a den of thieves and
we get a very interesting parallelism to
this as we go down the chapter as we
learn about thievery in the form of the
gospel and the priesthood so not only
are the money changers inside the
thieves who are stealing money from
those that need to come in from the
diaspora from all different parts of the
land and other lands to get their
sacrificial animals and other things and
trade money but the thieves are the
chief priests the high priests and the
elders that run the temple itself they
are the thieves and in fact it might
very well be that Jesus has them in mind
and not the money changers just my
thought on this but that he has them in
mind when he’s talking about a den of
thieves
follow me on this as we go through this
chapter so as he is in the temple and
he’s teaching there the chief priests
and the elders come to him and they want
to know by what authority he is doing
and saying all of these things the
miracles that he’s performing the
teachings that he is giving what
authority does he have this is so ironic
that the those that run the temple are
asking Jesus Jehovah by what authority
he is doing these things and Jesus
brings up John the Baptist and he says
well by what authority did John teach
because he taught about me and of course
the chief priests know that John the
Baptist was very widely accepted as a
prophet and with all the people around
they didn’t want to say anything they
were trying to accuse him directly but
they didn’t want to say anything about
John the Baptist because they were
afraid that the people would turn on
them because many of the
people were followers of John the
Baptist and they saw the chief priests
in the end the elders they don’t answer
him and so Jesus doesn’t answer them he
says if you if you can’t answer by what
authority John preached then I’m not
gonna answer by what authority I preach
by what authority John baptized and by
what authority Jesus performs his
miracles and probably referring to
ordinances as well that he would have
performed callings that he gave to Peter
James and John and the Apostles etc and
so the priests and the others say we
can’t tell by what authority it is and
so Jesus gives them a parable and he
says here in verse 28 but what think ye
a certain man had two sons and he came
to the first and said son go work today
in my vineyard he answered and said I
will not but afterward he repented and
went and he came to the second and said
likewise and he answered and said I go
sir and went not and then he asked them
whether of them Twain did the will of
his father and they saying to him the
first jesus saith unto them verily i say
unto you that the publicans he brings up
the publicans again the publicans and
the harlots the the lowest of society
that the chief priests will have nothing
to do with the publicans and the harlots
go into the kingdom of God before you
here they are in their den right in
their temple the chief priests and the
elders they are the authorities here the
authorities of the temple and he’s
telling them that the publicans that
they revile and the harlots are going to
get into the kingdom of God before they
will get in and of course the parable is
saying that the publicans and harlots
whom Jesus has converted I think that’s
an important thing to understand why
does he bring up the publicans all the
time we have all of this talk especially
in Matthew and Luke about this spiritual
economy and the publicans are inserted
over an
over again into the scenario of being
present in these parables or actually
being referred to in these parables but
Jesus and the Apostles converted many of
these publicans and harlots and sinners
and that’s where we start getting this
idea about the prodigal son and and how
can somebody who made so many mistakes
be brought back in and now they’re as
good as I am and I think that as I read
through these types of teachings these
types of parables I need to re-examine
things I think myself and think am I too
judgmental about those that are sinners
are we as a church too judgmental
sometimes about those that are sinners
boy we want purity we want to protect
ourselves that’s a natural occurrence a
natural behavior but there’s an awful
lot of
all the things that Jesus could teach
about the gospel there’s an awful lot of
this in his time and mortality to love
the sinner and don’t exalt yourself
because if you’re again cutting in line
by making yourself first in the kingdom
how might we do that we might do that by
thinking that because we do the
checklist things that we are doing
better than other people
and of course Jesus is saying look I
mean do those things but love the sinner
don’t exalt herself self-righteousness
isn’t going to get you anywhere she says
that the first son who said he wasn’t
gonna go but then did so the harlots and
the publicans the sinners that repented
and then went and performed in the
vineyard in the Lord’s vineyard that’s
what he’s referring to that’s what they
did
they are going to get into the kingdom
of God first before those in charge here
those with the authority those with the
priesthood are going to get in it’s a
brutal teaching
right in their face it’s and what he’s
doing here in the temple in this setting
with these specifically says in this
example in Matthew he doesn’t even bring
up the Pharisees and he talks about the
chief priests and the elders these are
the people in charge at the temple he is
a bull in a china shop here and he’s
saying that they’re saying that what
they’re doing is right that chief
priests and elders they are saying that
they’re going to go work in the vineyard
but they never do and so they’re worse
off much worse off than the other son so
here they’ve been asking Jesus by what
authority he does all these things and
he’s coming back and saying what are you
doing with your authority and of course
we go back to the example of the
laborers in the vineyard previously and
the parable of the pounds and get the
same idea and he says right here in
verse 32 following up with this parable
he says for John came unto you in the
way of righteousness and ye believed him
not but the publicans and the harlots
believed him and ye when ye had seen it
repented not afterward that ye might
believe him so I can’t here’s the
scenario you have the lowest of life
those that are the biggest sinners that
are converted by John originally and
later by Jesus and His apostles but
those in charge those that have it good
those that don’t want to give up the
scenario that they have the the
authority the power the privilege
everything that they have a sinful way
of life they’re not going to give that
up and believe John and they’re not
going to give that up and believe Jesus
here so it doesn’t really matter Jesus
gives us a great principle here that it
doesn’t really matter where we’ve been
but what we do now and what we do going
forward it matters where we’re going and
so it’s a full upside-down world here
that he is portraying to the chief
priests and the elders here we are in
the temple this
incredible edifice of Herod the center
of their civilization with those that
are in power of this and those that are
at the lowest here are the ones that are
going to be exalted
and the ones that are in charge of all
of this here are the ones that are going
to be brought down and then he gives
another parable he says there was a
certain householder which planted a
vineyard and hedged it round about and
digged a winepress in it and built a
tower and let it out to husbandmen and
went into a far country and when the
time of the fruit drew near he sent his
servants to the husbandmen that they
might receive the fruits of it and the
husbandmen took his servants and beat
one and killed another and stoned
another again he sent other servants
more than the first and they did unto
them likewise but last of all he sent
unto them his son saying they will
reverence my son but when the husbandmen
saw the son think of him saying this
real-time to them referring obviously to
himself but when the husbandmen saw the
son they said among themselves this is
the heir come let us kill him and let us
seize on his inheritance and they caught
him and cast him out of the vineyard and
slew him and this is exactly what they
are planning to do they already know
that they’re going to do this and Jesus
is calling them out right here in their
own den here so to speak so they’re
going to cast him out which is what they
do outside of the city up on Golgotha
and they’re going to slay him
and of course as they see the son they
understand that he is the inheritance in
other words here Jesus has just come
into the procession they get this they
understand this he just came in as the
king as the heir apparent with all of
his followers and he is now in the
temple he is the son he is the heir and
what are they going to do they’re going
to seize his inheritance
so who are
thieves what is he speaking of the chief
priests and the elders are the thieves
they have stolen the authority that was
given to them they have stolen the
stewardship that was given to them and
they are not offering it to the king to
the heir-apparent they are holding it
for themselves and they’re going to kill
the son and then he says to them down in
verse 42 did you never read in the
scriptures this is in psalm 118 did you
never read in the scriptures the stone
which the builders rejected the same has
become the head of the corner or the
whore the cornerstone of everything this
is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous
in our eyes the stone which the builders
rejected is Christ and this comes from
the Psalms from centuries before because
Christ was always rejected it has always
been an issue to keep Christ up at the
top to keep that value that
understanding of Jehovah being the
Saviour of God lowering himself below
all mankind and taking on the sins of
the world it has always been an issue
and it is one of the things that gets
pushed away over time as the spiritual
law of thermo-dynamics takes over and
corruption spiritual corruption enters
into the church and the gospel psalm 118
is a psalm about the lord and salvation
and about the temple and that’s exactly
what is being brought together here as
jesus refers to this scripture and of
course more or less 40 years later
that’s exactly what happens the temple
is destroyed by the Romans and
essentially the entire priesthood of the
chief priests and the elders
disintegrates it’s gone and in verse 45
and when the chief priests and Pharisees
had heard his parables they perceived
that he spake of them really but when
they sought to lay hands on him they
feared the multitude again
a large multitude they feared the
multitude because they took him for a
profit so that is the environment that
is the tension that is happening here
this climax that has brought together
here in the temple at the end of this
royal procession that has just happened
at the time of Passover where everybody
is here and all of these themes of the
Day of Atonement and the Feast of
Tabernacles are taking place showing
that Jesus is the king and that he is
Jehovah and that he is the awaited new
Melchizedek High Priest and so the match
has been struck and the tinder is
igniting a bonfire but it’s this
conflict in this environment that
teaches us so much from what Jesus is
instructing about these different
characters why is this what is focused
on in other words in Jesus’s mortal life
in his time of his ministry why is this
scenario of these elevated a pasta
sizing chief priests and elders and
Pharisees and Sadducees and scribes the
conflict that is Jesus is focusing on
and must focus on the focus is on the
church and therefore the focus of the
parables and their morals and their
eternal truths are targeting us as
members of the church so we might
consider these parables not only
personal teachings but in a sense a
teaching for the church itself so the
bowl has essentially knocked over all of
the china in the china shop he already
knows what his end is here and it’s up
to us to take those pieces and put them
together so that we can see the eternal
true
but the savior is trying to teach us
I’ll talk to Eunice

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