My house will be called a “house of prayer for all peoples…”
There were great emotions during this week of passion.
- The people shouted “Hosanna” during His triumphal entry to the city —
- Jesus wept over the city. (Luke 19.41)
- Then, the Gospel writers record Jesus clearing the temple (with great emotion).
- Luke 19:45-46; Matt. 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-16
Jesus was greatly upset by the money changers. Why? Their actions were not simply selfish entrepreneurial activities. The money changers were dishonoring God by the way they were hindering people — people who were trying to worship.
Worshipers not recognizing His true purpose — moved Jesus to weep.
Worshipers manipulated by buying and selling — moved Jesus to clear the temple.
“Oh Father, give me a deeper understanding of the true purpose of Messiah Jesus…break my heart. Give me a longing to remove any thing that would hinder people from worshiping You!”