Posted by: bshelley | July 14, 2009

Cleanse the Temple

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Today’s Verse: John 2:15-16 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” NASB

This is a story often used to point out Jesus’ righteous anger towards those who stained the very place of worship having let it be filled with things that had little to do with worship and more to do with worldly things like profiteering. Yes, God is loving, but here we see His anger and judgment on those who would sully the very place where He is to be worshipped. I don’t quite know what all they were doing, but it was certainly not motivated to worship and bring glory to the Father or Jesus would not have had that reaction. It makes me wonder how He would react if He walked through the temple today. What would He see? No, not the physical temple of the old covenant, but the spiritual temple of the new covenant…our very bodies. If He was to walk into the courtyard of your temple, would it be clean and devoted to worship or have we let worldly things into the courtyard?

May God bless your heart as you seek His.

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Responses

  1. The Scriptures tell us, “Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you?” How many of us live as if that were true?

  2. You are in my prayers. Years ago I found that a serious diagnosis takes things away, but it also helps us experience some things more richly and fully. It’s not exactly a compensation, but perhaps a different kind of state of grace that we live within. I pray that you will be with your family, friends, and congregation for many years to come, and that if things get tough along the way, that there will be some large and small blessings along the way that help you all steer a steady course.

    On another topic — Bryan, as a fellow Sunday School student with you in junior high and high school, I still can’t believe you made a minister! You were always a neat guy and had a special smile and an interesting point of view, so perhaps I shouldn’t have been too surprised! Have a blessed day!

  3. How neat to hear from you. Yes, many have been surprised by my ending up a minister, ha. It was a long journey, but what fulfillment to be able to minister to others and have the opportunity to lead many to Christ. I am blessed. Keep in touch.


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