Jesus turned the tables!

Scripture reading for January 29th:  Matthew 21

“Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying ad selling there.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  “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.’!””  (Matthew 21:12-13)

At the beginning of His last Passover week, Jesus entered Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey and was hailed by the crowds as the ‘Son of David,’ the revered king of Israel.  The city was stirred with messianic hope and speculation.  Jesus entered the temple and caused a bigger stir!  He overturned the tables of the money-changers and cleaned house!  John recorded that this had also happened earlier in His ministry and then he used a whip of cord to drive them out!  (John 2:15)  This marketing of sacrifices was a money-making opportunity for the religious leaders of the day.  But Jesus viewed it as hindering the people, Jew and Gentile, from coming to God for His help and blessing.

The religious leaders later asked Jesus where He got His authority to drive out the money-changers.  Jesus turned the tables in a different way with a question.  “Jesus replied, I will also ask you one question.  If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these thing.  John’s baptism–where did it come from?  Was it from heaven, or from men?”  (Matthew 21:24)  They refused to answer because however they answered they were exposed!  Truth must be willingly embraced or it results in hardened hearts!  The religious leaders looked for a way to arrest Him!  Are we embracing Jesus’ authority over our bodies as His temple?  (1st Corinthians 6:19-20)

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