Turn The Tables
Immorality. It can make even the most humble angry. That's what happened before Passover when Jesus went to Jerusalem. As he entered the Temple Courts, the sight of what he saw angered him: people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and moneychangers who had set up tables to do business.
Making a whip from cords, Jesus drove out the buyers and sellers and turned over the tables of the moneychangers. According to Scripture (John 2:13-17), he said, "Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father's house into a market!"
Jesus took radical action against the sinful behavior of the people by clearing the Temple Courts. The sacred place was meant for worshiping God--and not to be used otherwise.
Sometimes we also need to turn the tables by taking radical action against things that do not honor God. We can overturn things that are not good, and that includes the things that may plague our daily lives, such as worry, anxiety, fear, depression, or other maladies.
But we don't have to do this alone, for the Lord's desire is for us to surrender such things to Him at the foot of the cross.
Jesus' death and resurrection turned the tables of worldly sin on its head. Jesus. Radical. Revolutionary. Loving Savior and Shepherd. Giver of Salvation. Believe. In. Him. Amen.
6/21/2021 12:18:59 pm
This message always gives me such hope - Jesus got mad, really angry! I imagine what that must have been like, and wasn't that a miracle that he wasn't arrested right there and then.
6/21/2021 08:50:39 pm
Thanks for your note, Pauline! Yes, Jesus was certainly mad--and angry. You are right that it is a miracle he wasn't arrested right then and there!
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