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Luke 19:45-48

 

Then Jesus entered the Temple

And began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices.  

He said to them, “The Scriptures declare,

‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”

After that, he taught daily in the Temple,

But the leading priests, the teachers of religious law,

And the other leaders of the people began planning how to kill him.

But they could think of nothing, because all the people hung on every word he said.

 

When God is in control of our lives, no one can deny His truth.  Palm Sunday is over.  The palm branches have all been cleaned up and Monday came for all of us, as it did for Jesus on that fateful week before His death.  The church had become a marketplace for commerce that was not appropriate for God's house.  Jesus had warned the people numerous times to keep the selling outside the Temple gates.  The enterprising sales people, along with the priests, just couldn't resist the captive audience that was inside the Temple gates.  After all, everyone needed a sacrifice, did they not?  Things haven't changed much in today's church and we have learned very little.  We have Bingo games, Las Vegas nights, every kind of fundraiser imaginable, and a constant offering plate being passed around as blatant reminders that we are still "selling inside the Temple gates!"  If Christ came back today, I believe His reaction would be the same.  He would have to purify the Temple.  I have many pastors and Christians upset with me because I continue to tell God's truth about money.  What we give to God is a spiritual decision, made between us and God.  What we withhold from Him, or what we give, is a private matter between us and the Lord.  The Bible is clear that we need to give.  The Bible is also clear that it is not to be a circus.  In between Jesus riding on a donkey and presiding over the Last Supper, He cleansed the Temple from these vile moneychangers.  He then did exactly what all of us should do.  Luke says He continued to preach the truth.  While the church leaders were planning to kill Jesus, others were hanging on every one of Jesus's words.  As a pastor and worship leader, I have been plotted against often in God's service.  I know the feeling well.  Jesus teaches us all what to do.  We should never be spiteful or vengeful.  Rather, let's continue to teach the truth, even when other Christians, pastors, and churches don't like it.  Jesus was clear about who guided Him.  We must realize that "God is in Control!"