Scripture Reflection:Matthew 21
12Jesus 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. 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.'"
Lord Jesus-The money changers and the people buying and selling were supplying what was needed for worship. So what was the big deal? It was the location...the part of the temple that they were using was specifically set aside for the gentiles. It was a place where everyone could worship you, without having to be the right race, the right history, or the right family tree. It was a place overlooked as really a part of the temple, it was the outer court yard.
You were speaking up for people like me...people who were not a part of the promise. How could people who were on the outside ever hope to get in without a place?
So you clean them all out and turn over the tables and sent the coins rolling down the stone hallways with the greedy little cheats scampering after them.
Lord Jesus this wall in Jerusalem is all that is left of the temple ...the place you cleansed that day before your death. You took the risk to make the statement that all should have a place to worship. This act was one of the incidents that brought the cross closer. Yet you went ahead and did it anyway
Lord Jesus remind me again what worship is all about...it isn’t anything other than grace, mercy and hope that ignites in me the desire to worship you. Anything less is not worthy of your house.