And then he went into the Temple.
What did He find?
It was to be a place of worship. It wasn’t.
It was supposed to be a place of freedom. It wasn’t.
It was supposed to be a place of forgiveness. It wasn’t.
It was to be a place of prayer. It wasn’t.
“When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, “My house will be a house of prayer”; but you have made it “a den of robbers.”’ Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.” Luke 19:45-48
Yes, it was supposed to be a place of prayer, but it wasn’t.
Instead it was overrun with moneychangers. The courtyard was swarming with buying and selling, cheating and stealing. He was staring face to face with the way God’s commands had been twisted and used for profit.
He drove them out in droves.
He would not allow the Temple, His house of prayer, to be used as a place of robbery.
But this Temple would be destroyed. It would not stand.
His Word tells us that we have become His Temple.
And when He comes into this Temple, what does He find?