Each day this week (Sunday-Saturday) there will be a special devotional walking us through the events of Holy Week leading up to Easter.
12 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.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.’”
14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “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, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”
17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
As Jesus clears the temple, He is re-establishing pure worship. “My house will be called a house of prayer.” This was to be a place where the people could come and worship God without being hindered by the corrupt vendors and money changers. In exchange Jesus ministered to those in need at the temple, the very place that represented God and His people coming together in fellowship. Jesus does not shy away from the chief priests when the children worship Him, in fact, He quotes Psalm 8 which the priests would have had memorized. A Psalm to the Lord. Repeatedly Jesus affirms His claim to be God and acts with full authority over the temple and the worshippers.
Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that followers of Jesus are a temple of the Holy Spirit. As we reflect on Jesus cleansing the temple, is there something that is hindering your worship of Jesus? Is there a secret sin, a distraction, a hardness of heart that you need to confess to God?
As you confess before God, pray for the cleansing that Jesus offers, take a moment to worship Jesus unhindered through your prayers. You are a temple that Jesus wants to be known as a house of prayer.