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When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market.”
The Passover, held in Jerusalem, was one of three required celebrations for religious Jews. Some came from long distances, so for convenience, sacrifices were sold at the temple . . . for a profit. The purchases could be made only with Jewish coins, so money changers were on hand — exchanging money . . . for a profit.
Jesus had a passion for the temple — the place where God dwelt. When He saw the abuse, He could not contain Himself. He drove the animals out of the temple with a homemade whip. He overturned the tables of the money changers, sending coins scattering everywhere. He told the dove handlers, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”
Today, the temple is not standing in Jerusalem. Church buildings are not the present substitute. Now every believer is the temple of God. The Holy Spirit dwells in us. Today Jesus is just as zealous that we keep our lives free from the love of money. Is there any action or attitude regarding money that Jesus needs to drive from your heart?
Father, show me what attitudes need to be driven from my heart. Show me what actions need to be overturned in my life. Give me the desire and zeal to get these things out of Your temple. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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