Today’s Lesson: Temple Cleansing
“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘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.'” Matthew 21:12-13
Having been welcomed by the crowds waving palm branches and laying their coats at His feet, Jesus went straight to the temple. He knew it was past time for some “spring cleaning,” if you will. The temple was fast becoming a place for profit, but not spiritual profit. It had become a place to get ahead socially and economically, to increase standing in order to gain power and position. Jesus took this personally as an offense to the Father. He took it on Himself to cleanse the temple, turning over tables and tossing out those who had no interest in prayer and learning God’s Word.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” I Corinthians 6:19-20.
Today, we are the temple where His Spirit dwells and Jesus still desires that His temple is filled and focussed on prayer. This should prompt a few important questions… Is the “temple” of my heart and mind filled with prayer? What things in my schedule may need to be overturned or what habits need to be thrown out altogether in order to make room for time with the Lord in prayer and Bible study? Who can I partner with to hold me accountable in this process?
As you fast and pray during Holy Week, seek the help of the Holy Spirit to cleanse your temple and focus as never before on His presence in prayer. Allow God to cleanse your temple today.