March 17, 2015
12 Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13He said to them, ‘It is written,
“My house shall be called a house of prayer”;
but you are making it a den of robbers.’
Oh wow, is Jesus losing it here? He is feeling quite protective in this story. The temple had a specific purpose. It was a place for worship including prayers and rituals. It was not intended to be the downtown market. This is one of the few texts where Jesus is outright angry. Does his anger match the assumption that he was mad about using the temple as a market, or is there more going on here?
Could it be that Jesus was angry about the entire system of animal sacrifices? To eliminate animal sacrifices would be turning the whole temple system upside down. Sound familiar? Jesus’ life and teaching show us again and again, that it’s not so much what we do, but what is our attitude our intention? What is on the inside comes out. Are we paying attention to our spiritual lives or are we more concerned about getting ahead like the money changers who worked in the temple?
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.