October 23, 2017
Read: John 2:1-25
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Scripture- John 2:15-16- Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
Observations- Jesus clearly didn't like what He saw going on in the Temple courtyard- a place where all people seeking God were welcome. Originally the sale of sacrificial animals arose to assist the Jews traveling from long distances to Jerusalam, but it became a way to gouge people with exorbitant prices, which angered Jesus. So Jesus calmly took the time He needed to make a whip to throw them out of His Father's house, which was to be used for prayer, not taking advantage of people in need.
Application- This wasn't an impulsive act the Savior of the world hadn't thought through very well. Jesus carefully considered the proper, symbolic action He wanted to make as the Messiah on behalf of His Father. Was He angry? Yes, and He harmed no one, but made an important point about the value of the Temple, which represented His own body- a dwelling place of the living God. How can we harness our God-given passion and energy today for the glory of Jesus in a way that points to the Kingdom of Heaven at work in our midst?
Prayer- Lord, while it's highly unlikely You will ever call me to make a whip and drive people from Jesus' church, I pray for You to help me receive what You need me to learn from this text about Jesus, myself, and Your call in my life. Help us at New Hope honor Your church as a house of prayer that never seeks to put up obstacles from people connecting more deeply with You. Amen.
"Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." (Ephesians 6:18),