Forest Hills Baptist Church
April 5, 2020
Pastor Rich Hardeman
“The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. 8 Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. 9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!’ 10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, ‘Who is this?’ 11 And the crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.’” Matthew 21:6-11 (NASB)
I. Immediately after His entry, Jesus disrupted the sin of the priests.
“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.”
Matthew 21:12-13 (NASB)
II. When we reject God, He allows us to live without His protection.
“Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.”
Romans 1:24 (NASB)
“For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural.”
Romans 1:26 (NASB)
“And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.” Romans 1:28 (NASB)
“For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law. 5 In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for many disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. 6 Nation was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress.” 2 Chronicles 15:3,5-6 (NASB)
III. If we confess our sins and repent, in His love and grace God will forgive us.
“But in their distress they turned to the Lord God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him.” 2 Chronicles 15:4 (NASB)
“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)