If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here. Then focus on the following section:
12Jesus entered the temple area 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. 13”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.’” 14The blind and the lame came
to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15But when the chief priests and the
teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in
the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. 16”Do you
hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have
you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”
17And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
1. These merchants and money exchangers were extorting the pilgrims and making
a big profit on the trade. They have turned the temple into a high profit lucrative
business enterprise. No wonder Jesus was furious and drove them out.
2. If Jesus were to visit your church today, where might He begin “turning over
tables”? What about your life if Jesus comes to visit your heart? (I Cor 6:19)
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 3:24-26
What activities do we have at church? Is there any “money exchange”? Why did
Jesus overturn the tables and benches? How should we regard our church, even
if it’s not our own building? What does our treatment of the church tell our true
attitude toward God?