3/14 Life in the Parkie Lane

Cleaning House                                                        

The Jews had a system that, no doubt, had started innocently enough, but had gotten out of hand.  Since people came to the Passover from many walks of life and some from great distances, they had set up places for those that had to purchase sacrifices.  Somewhere along the line, the motive turned from ministry to money.  Temple currency was required for purchases. Similarly, to converting money when entering a foreign country, it included a fee. Price gouging eventually became the norm.

Sometimes things have subtly worked their way into my life and taken the place of worship. Then, Jesus brings them to mind and begins scourging them out of my life. He drives the religious stuff out of where God should be, He runs off the sacrifices I am making with wrong intentions, He pours out the motives behind it all, flips over the tables of false actions, and scolds my claims of peace (doves). My service to God is supposed to come from the heart, not outward actions that can grow into ungodly things. Praise God, Jesus cleans house every once in a while and gets my relationship with Him back.

"And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. " John 2:13-16 

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