Here’s today’s selection:
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”
His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
It’s Wednesday. According to lots of polls, it’s the worst day of the week and the day on which people do the most grumbling.
Let’s live differently today . . .
Shout for joy to Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Ask the Spirit to fill your day with exclamation points . . .
SHOUT for joy!
WORSHIP with gladness!!
This week, we’ll be walking in Jesus’ footsteps to the cross and beyond.
What’s the first thing Jesus did after he got to Jerusalem? According to eyewitness reports:
Jesus entered the temple area 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.
“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.'”
What made Jesus so angry? Prayer was being squeezed out by crass commercialism. When the disciples saw Jesus in action, they remembered these words: “zeal for your house will consume me” (Psalm 69:9, John 2:17). Jesus is dead serious about prayer. He wants his temple free from anything that might distract from that essential function.
What happened next? The “blind and lame came to him at the temple and he healed them” (Matthew 21:14). One witness added this chilling detail: the religious leaders “began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching” (Mark 12:18).
What does this have to do with us today? Here’s what the Bible says:
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
We’re God’s temple in the world today. We’re supposed to be a house of prayer. Ask Jesus to drive out anything in your life that’s getting in the way.