Thursday, March 26, 2015

An Angry Outburst


Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling dove, and He stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.  Mark 11:15-17 (NLT)

Knowing His time was limited, Jesus got right to work.  I believe His actions and teachings during this final week on earth were of utmost importance.  As such, Jesus went directly to the Temple and cleaned house.

All Jews celebrating the Passover needed Temple coins for their offering and a sacrificial animal.  These services were necessary.  But the merchants were most likely overcharging (like at a tourist trap) and, by setting up shop in the Temple courts, were denying women and Gentiles a place to pray (only male Jews had access to inner courts). The merchants probably knew their market kept some from praying.

Jesus was angry.  We might say He was irate.  It sounds like He destroyed the place. 

Jesus quotes Isaiah 56 that clearly states that God’s salvation is for all people, including foreigners and eunuchs.  Isaiah says God will bless anyone from any nation who commits themselves to keeping God’s covenant and serves, loves, and worships Him.  They are all welcome to find joy in God’s house of prayer.

Do we create obstacles to worship?  Do we welcome anyone from any nation?

These Holy Week articles would be perfect to repost on Facebook or Twitter or to forward through email.  Scatter seeds as the world recognizes Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter.

#seedsofscripture #HolyWeek #Easter #welcome #Jesus

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