Jesus Is: Week 2 - Day 2

Opening Prayer:

Lord, help me evaluate my activities as I read through this Scripture

Read: Mark 11:15-17 (NIV)

 “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.’”

 

Reflect:

This last week leading up to his crucifixion was a busy one for Jesus.  On Sunday, he had his triumphal entry and then on Tuesday he went to the temple.  What he found when he got there was the money changers and sellers of animals for sacrifice.  This was a money maker for the chief priest and the Sadducees.  Jewish visitors came in from all over the world and needed to get appropriate sacrifices and money to use as offerings.  The Jewish leaders had a captive market because they were the only market in town.  Not only that, they set up their wares in the court of the Gentiles, keeping the Gentiles from having a place to worship God.

Christ was incensed by what he saw.  The Today’s English Version says it aptly, “He then taught the people, “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, My temple will be a house of prayer for the people of ALL Nations. But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves!’”  Jesus’ priority was that people should not be doing activities that interfered with the reaching of all nations for God.

The Jewish leaders were so busy making money they did not think about how what they were doing affected others.  The busyness of all the activity was making it impossible for the temple to be a house of prayer for all nations. 

While we view our church facilities differently today, the purpose must be one that focuses our minds on Christ.  Our activities, whether in the church, small groups or our homes, must be such that he is at the forefront of our lives.  Our priority must be, as Christ’s was, doing activities that help others focus on him.

 

Apply:

It is important as we go through the week, that we insure what we are doing will not present a roadblock to others reaching out to Jesus.  Evaluate your activities: are they ones that draw people to Christ or push him away?

Closing Prayer:

Lord Jesus, help me to look at my life and see where my activities are interfering with your priorities.  Show me where I can make my life activities a model for those searching for you.  In your name, Amen.

Terry Schneider