What Jesus did –
And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money‐changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” (Mark 11:15-17)
What Jesus did in Mark 11:15-17 is in fact very difficult to be understood.
It is difficult in our concept of Christianity as synonymous to compassion, forgiveness and love.
Among the most frequently quoted explanation, Jesus was consumed by zeal and overwhelmed by His passion for the Temple of the living God.
But what was it that Jesus was so concern about that it drove Him to such rage?
- What The People Did Wrong.
The Jews who were attendants of the Temple were accused by Jesus of turning the house of God into a ‘den of robbers’ and ‘house of trade’.
Jesus declared the Temple to be ‘my house’.
Every house has got its house rule, and the house of God is meant to be a place where people are free to pray to God, seek after God and learn about Jesus.
Of course the Jews failed to recognize Jesus as the rightful owner of the house and furthermore neglected and forgotten the covenant and dedication prayers they themselves made with God Almighty when the First Temple was completed under King Solomon.
1 kings 8:27-51 – shows us much detail about the purpose and function of the Temple, and it is a very long dedication prayer.
Imagine our world population today; we need longer prayers than that.
God is concern for every soul who made the effort to come to the Temple to seek peace with Him – whereas the Jews of those days turned the people’s plight into ‘cash-cow’ opportunities.
So the Lord took vengeance against those who created obstacles against free access to God’s grace.
- What Jesus Expected
Jesus made it plain and clear – ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’.
Jesus expected His house to be a channel of blessing for all the nations.
The Early Christians of the New Testament Church serving with Jesus under the New Covenant did exactly what Jesus expected.
That group of disciples recorded in the Book of Acts was fully committed to prayer and fasting and bearing witness to the truth of God’s word so that more people will find their way to Jesus.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42)
It was no surprise people were attracted to them, especially those who were weary and in search of the true living God and salvation.
Jesus because of His love for people, did what He did in Mark 11:15-17
Jesus expected His house to be a channel of blessings for all nations.
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