Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Read: Mark 11:15-18
“And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.”—Mark 11:17
Once again, we learn from Jesus—not only from what he said, but also from what he did. God’s temple was a symbol of God’s presence among his people, but the religious leaders had allowed the courts of the Gentiles to be filled with vendors and money changers. They were providing helpful services by selling animals for use in the temple sacrifices and by providing currency exchanges for travellers from all parts of the empire. But they were robbing people of a place to pray and offer worship to God with praise and offerings. And all this was in the part of the temple where God welcomed people from all nations.
So Jesus drove the buyers and sellers and money changers out of there. Just imagine the scene! Can you see Jesus overturning tables, hear the changers and dove sellers yelling, their coins scattering and doves fluttering with feathers flying?
Jesus wasn’t smiling as he banned this merchandise traffic. He was rightly angered by the exploitation of his Father’s house. And he was determined to make this a house of prayer for all nations, as God had intended it to be.
The church today should be a place of prayer and worship for God’s people from all nations as well. Is yours so?
Prayer: Father God, thank you for Jesus’ teaching by his words and actions, showing us what is most important. May our churches today honour you in everything they do, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
PEACE ON EARTH!
(From ‘The Voice of Christ Today, 2014 Edition’ Daily Inspiration for Personal and Family Devotion, Page 104. A publication of The World International Sacred Peace Movement, Grouped Soul).