Jesus knew that what lay ahead was inevitable. So on this holy week, our Lord spent time tying up loose ends. First, Jesus went into His Father’s house to clean it up. It would be likened to a large “farmer’s market”–tables with doves, pigeons, pens of sheep, goats and calves. There were also tables with meat and different currencies to exchange. There were probably tables with fruit and snacks–yes and some “merch” tables with various treasures to commemorate the visit to Jerusalem.
Jesus was not pleased! He entered the temple court and commenced to dump over tables and smack vendors. He spoke with the authority of family, when He said this is my Dad’s place not a mini mall!!! The High priest and other religious elite were indignant (They probably had an interest in several stations) but, knew that the crowd was not going to allow anything to happen to the Messiah. The kid’s were praising and announcing His presence–another prophecy fulfilled! He clearly made the point–This is a place where God and God only needs to be worshiped! Not a market, not a fair–God’s temple. Jesus spent the day healing the sick and blessing those that came–Just as the Father would!
We live in a time where a similar temptation is constantly waiting outside the door. Our church facilities have become theaters, our worship–a club night or rock concert. We become so accustomed to the brilliance of the show, that we can easily forget we are there to worship God. As an old guy, I must confess that I love the quality and power of modern church. I enjoy watching the sermon on the big screen, and singing praise with amazing worship teams and bands. It is, however, when the congregation uses offering as a place to pay for the show; and sees no need to actually minister or serve–that they begin to resemble the religious elite of Jesus day. We have to do a heart-check, and make sure our walk remains personal, and our worship centered on the Lord; and not those He uses to deliver the message.
All God has ever wanted was our trust and our hearts. If we will trust and follow Him, then as we enjoy amazing worship, it will remain worship of God not of His vessels.
God Bless You
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[e] but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’[f]”
14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.
16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,
“‘From the lips of children and infants
you, Lord, have called forth your praise’[g]?”
17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.