Matthew 21:12-17 Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who sold and bought in the temple and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’[c] but you have made it ‘a den of thieves.”
14 The blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were extremely displeased 16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”
Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of children and infants You have perfected praise’?”
17 And He left them and went out of the city into Bethany, and He lodged there.
On the final week before His crucifixion, as was his custom, we find Jesus at the Temple of Jerusalem, but this time, in anger by what he saw.
According to Jesus, God's Temple was not being used for the purpose in which it was intended as a house of "Prayer", but instead it was being used as a den of "thieves" where by merchants were selling and exchanging money as in a market place instead of a Holy place.
In His anger, Jesus turned over their tables and drove them out of the temple.
The Temple of God stood in the heart of Jerusalem which was not only a reminder to Israel as to who they were as the people of God, but also a symbol to the world and surrounding nations that Israel was God's chosen people.
The Temple of God represents God in every way and also it represents a place of holiness purity, righteousness beauty and order, which is a representation of God.
As believers we are called to imitate the same in our lives. Our bodies are God's temple on earth and we represent Him.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Having overturned the merchants tables, Jesus used the opportunity to heal a blind man.
The response to this miracle performed by Jesus was the "children rejoiced in praise and cried out "Hosanna to the son of David" to God, but, the opposite response was heard from the chief priest (church folks) who were offended and angered by this response concerning Jesus.
Who have you offended because you chose to represent Jesus in your life?
Indeed, the hearts of these religious leaders needed to be cleansed for it was full of anger, bitterness, hate and rage for the one who God sent to save them.
What are we doing in our temples? Do they need to be cleansed?
Need to be cleansed on today from Sin? Jesus offers cleansing to you by faith in His atoning work on your behalf at Calvary in the shedding of His blood.
If you do not know Jesus for the pardon of your sins, it is temple cleansing time for you!
Jesus is the ONLY one who can cleanse your temple and take away your sins. His blood can wash you clean.
What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus washes clean!
The blood of Jesus is MY VICTORY!
Thank You Lord for Your "BLOOD" has washed and cleanse ME!
Your Servant Debra
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