Monday, April 18, 2011

Day 41: Cleansing the Temple – Matthew 21:12-13

Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and 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.’”

On His way to Jerusalem Jesus clears the temple because the people were being cheated by those who should have known better. What is the reason for having a church today? Jesus gives us the answer, “My Father’s house it to be a house of prayer, not a market!” We come to church to hear God’s Word, to pray, to learn of Jesus. Anything else is a distraction.
-Ryan Freimuth

Lord, keep me always close to You. May our place of worship always be a house of prayer.
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