Thursday 13 September, 2018

Matthew 21:12-17

12 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,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” 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’?” 17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

In this well-known passage, Jesus clears out the temple because the people are not doing what they should be: God’s house was intended to be a house of prayer but they were using it as a marketplace. I wonder how it got to be this way? Did it start little by little, setting up mats on the ground, then stalls and selling things??  Jesus was concerned and so he reminded them, using scripture, saying “it is written….” (NIV).

As I read this I wonder what areas of my life are not being used for God’s intended purpose? What clearing out do I need to do? Where am I little by little moving away from how God intends me to live, think, act?  I keep going back to the phrase “it is written”. When I’m not sure, I need to align myself with God’s word, remembering “It is written” in scripture for my benefit.

In V16 Jesus also says, “have you never read…” He expects us to be reading and living according to it.

Lord, I want to continually live according to your word and your ways. May my actions reflect a life based on your word.

Written by Gab Martin

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