1 Corinthians 3:16
Today is the thirty-sixth day of the Lent season. We are going to read about a time when Jesus did some major house cleaning. Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for the annual Passover celebration. Yesterday we learned that when Jesus arrived the people shouted praises and waved palm branches. Then Jesus went to the temple. He was upset with what he saw. In the temple area Jesus saw people who were selling cattle, sheep, and doves to be used as sacrifices in the temple. Tables were set up where men were changing money so that people could pay their temple taxes. It looked more like a market place than a house of worship.
Jesus was so angry that He picked up a piece of rope, made a whip, and drove the the cattle, sheep, and all of those who were selling them out of the temple. Then Jesus went to the money changers and turned their tables over, scattering coins all over the temple floor. To the ones who were selling the doves he said, "Get out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market." Jesus did some major house cleaning in the temple that day!
The Bible tells us that we are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in us. (1 Cor. 3:16) The Lent season is a good time for us to look inside ourselves and see if there is anything in us that needs to be cleansed.
Almighty and everlasting God, Thank you for this time of year that we remember what Jesus did for us so that we can become Your children, and live with you forever in heaven. Help us to remember that we are your temple and that your Spirit lives in us. Help us to keep our lives clean and useful for service to you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
I will conduct the affairs of my house
with a blameless heart.
3 I will not look with approval
on anything that is vile.
I hate what faithless people do;
I will have no part in it.
4 The perverse of heart shall be far from me;
I will have nothing to do with what is evil."
Mark 11:12-19 Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts
12 "The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’[a]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[b]”
18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples[c] went out of the city."
Mark 11:17 Isaiah 56:7
Mark 11:17 Jer. 7:11
Mark 11:19 Some early manuscripts came, Jesus
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