"And he went into the temple,
and began to cast out them that
and them that bought;
Saying unto them,
written, MY HOUSE IS THE HOUSE OF PRAYER:
but ye have
made it a
Examine Your Temple
preceding Jesus' crucifixion is one of the
recorded in Scripture.
would seem to be that Jesus knew
His time was
everything He did was for a purpose,
riding on the donkey
cursing of the fig tree;
breaking of the bread
to the cleansing of the temple.
of Jerusalem was a major attraction
It was also,
unfortunately, a major place of business.
merchants sanctioned by the temple
used special temple currency
exchanged at unfair rates.
this was only a small part of what upset
was divided into several courtyards.
outermost courtyard was the one
for the Gentiles.
not go any further into the temple,
so that was
their place for prayer.
was buying and selling,
all over the place, which made it hard
to focus on
fellowship with their heavenly Father.
that, but God was being robbed too!
churches face similar problems.
become social centers,
gather to be seen and catch up
latest news (gossip),
someone in the process,
focus on God.
take it the next step
bodies the "temple of the Holy Spirit?"
we do with our body,
we do it to
or is our
body truly a house of prayer?
May the good
Lord examine our temples
us of all that distracts us from Him.