438-439 : Jesus Drives Out Moneychangers
JESUS went into the temple of God,and drove out all them that sold and
bought in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers,
and the seats of them that sold doves and said to them,
"My house shall be called the house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves."
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple and he healed them.
But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things He had done and the children shouting in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the son of David," they were much displeased.
They said to him, "Do you hear what they say?"Jesus answered saying,
"Yes, have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes, O God. you have drawn perfect praise'?"
And he left them and went out of the city into Bethany, and he lodged there.
THE FIG TREE WITHERS AWAY
On the next day, when they were coming from Bethany, Jesus was hungry.
Seeing a fig tree far away that had leaves, he went to see whether he might find any fig on it.
But when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not yet the time for figs.
And he said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you from now and for ever."
And immediately the fig tree withered away.
When the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, "How soon the fig tree has withered away!" Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, you if you have faith and doubt not,
shall not only do this which was done to the fig tree,
but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it shall be done.
All things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive."
THE GREEDY WORKMEN
When Jesus came into the temple,the chief priests and the elders of the
people came to him as he was teaching,and said,
"By what authority do you do these things, and who gave you this authority?"
Jesus would not answer their question, but he began to speak to them in parables, saying:
"A certain man planted a vineyard and hedged it round about and dug a wine press in it,
and built a tower, and then let it out to workmen, and went to a distant land.
"When the time of harvest drew near,
he sent his servants to the workmen to collect the fruits of the vineyard.
But the workmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
"Again he sent other servants, and they did likewise to them.
Last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'
"But when the workmen saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and let us seize his inheritance.'
"And they caught him, and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
"When the lord of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those workmen?" Jesus asked.
They said to him: "He will miserably destroy those wicked men,
and will rent out his vineyard to other workmen,
who will pay him his share of the fruits when they ripen."
When the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parable, they knew that he spoke of them.
But when they tried to lay their hands on him,
they were afraid of the multitude because it took him for a prophet.
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