12 Jesus entered the temple area. He began chasing out all those who were buying and selling there. He turned over the tables of the people who were exchanging money. He also turned over the benches of those who were selling doves. 13 He said to them, “It is written that the Lord said, ‘My house will be called a house where people can pray.’ (Isaiah 56:7) But you are making it a ‘den for robbers.’” (Jeremiah 7:11) 14 Blind people and those who were disabled came to Jesus at the temple. There he healed them. 15 The chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did. They also saw the children in the temple area shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” But when they saw all of this, they became angry. 16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus. “Haven’t you ever read about it in Scripture? It says, “‘You have made sure that children and infants praise you.’” (Psalm 8:2) 17 Then Jesus left the people and went out of the city to Bethany. He spent the night there.
The temple was a place for worshipping God, a place in the midst of a city, set apart for the purpose of drawing near to God and exalting Him. It had become a place of business, the intensity of focus on God was diluted by the presence of people buying and selling goods.
Where in my life have I become distracted from drawing near to God and exalting Him? What is diluting my intensity of focus on God? What needs to get overturned and thrown out so I can re-focus on God?
– What fears?
– What negative thinking?
– What things and tasks have I wrongly prioritised over God?
– What am I saying “this can’t wait” to, that can really wait?
Jesus, I invite you into my heart to overturn the tables of my priorities and throw out the distractions. I want the peace that comes from being focused on you. Help me worship you as number one in my life. Amen.
Written by Beth Waugh