So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. Mark 11:15 (NKJV)
Our Pastor was focusing on Holy Week, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. The lesson came from Mark 11. In this passage, Jesus was just welcomed into Jerusalem by cheering crowds crying out, “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”
Jesus then went to the temple and, for the first time, appeared angry. Since we know Jesus is the spotless Lamb of God who never sinned, His anger surprises us. Why was He angry? Because people have turned His Father’s House from a house of prayer into a den of thieves! Instead of people coming with humble hearts to pray, money-changers were getting rich, selling offerings to the people.
And so Jesus turned over their tables! Can you imagine the chaos? Doves, coins, and random trinkets crashing to the floor, wings flapping and birds escaping into the sky. Venders hollering, “Hey, Man, what are you doing?!” Jesus boldly cleared them from the temple, proclaiming, “My house shall be a house of prayer for all the nations.”
Then our pastor asked the key question that would apply this to our own lives, “What tables in your life do you need Jesus to overturn?” Oh, no, this story was getting personal. It was much easier when we pointed fingers at the money-changers. Our smug looks are turned to sorrow like children whose siblings have just gotten into trouble, and now we realize it’s our turn.
We all have tables in our lives where we put idols of pride, jealousy, grumbling, gossiping, greed, anger…and the list goes on. Our pastor was asking us to turn these over to Jesus. Let Him cleanse the temple of our souls, so His Holy Spirit can live inside of us. And His house will be a house of prayer once again.
Today’s TEA CUPP: What tables in your life do you need Jesus to overturn? Give them to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you and help you make a new start. Claim His promise of salvation today.
Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48 (NKJV)
For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13 (NKJV)
…My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations… Mark 11:17 (NKJV)
Thank you to Pastor Michael Stambaugh for his awesome sermon on February 14, 2016!
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.