DAY 35

April 10, 2017

 

REFLECT:

Matthew 21

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.

 

It's Monday of Holy Week.

We take a look at Jesus after His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem for the last week of His earthly life. 

 

This "Monday" we read about above was just as bad for several then as some of our Mondays are today. 

Many people had gotten their merchandise together and set up their spots in the temple area to make money selling their goods. The temple was a great place for sales, especially that week when so many had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. It was like the Black-Friday for these merchants. People would come in from everywhere and they would need to buy and trade things during their visit to Jerusalem. 

Now imagine the scene... Jesus walks up to the temple during this very holy week and what He sees He hates. 

He begins to flip the tables of these merchants... coins are scattered everywhere, doves begin flying, people are getting upset, and here is Jesus, causing "trouble" again. 

 

I feel like this is a very good portrayal of what Jesus does when He enters our lives. 

He comes in and turns our tables upside down. Jesus won't reside in someone whose heart is impure and unclean. So He cleans house. He washes us with His blood, He brings us to repentance, He fills us with the Spirit and takes up residence within us.

 

How often have we sinned with our bodies, mind, souls, and spirits either while Christ is trying to take residence within us or after He already has taken residence within us. 

How many times has Jesus come into our lives and tried to cleanse us but we have refused His cleaning services?

 

It's time for the tables to be turned. For sin to be no more. For Christ to have His way and clean us for He declares that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. And the Spirit deserves to reside in a righteous heart. 

 

CONFESS:

Psalm 51

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
    according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
    so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

 

PRAY:

Psalm 51

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

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