For Holy Week, I’m reading through the Scripture which gives me a breakdown of what happened each day.
Yesterday was Palm Sunday. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt as the crowds spread their cloaks and branches on the road ahead of him, and rejoiced, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Today, I revisited the story of Jesus driving the merchants out of the temple.
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, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
They turned his Father’s house into a corrupt market place instead of a house of prayer for the nations. Jesus drove them out because he saw the sacrilege and it hindered true worship.
Am I like them?
How many times have I tried trading with God….tried to get something from God in exchange for my faith or good deeds? “Look what I’m doing God. I’m serving and giving and studying. I’m working hard for You. Now bless me. Make my life comfortable and give me what I want.”
Do we give to get? Do we serve to look like a servant? Do we worship our good deeds? Do we think we deserve God’s favor?
Forgive us Father, for making much of ourselves. Remove from our hearts what keeps us in the dark and hinders true worship. Create in us clean hearts!
God is kind when He reminds us that “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
I am thankful for His kindness.
“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4