Matthew 21:12-13 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus at the Temple

12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[a] but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”

As noted on Palm Sunday, the Jewish people wanted King Jesus to come overthrow the Roman government. Instead of entering the political courts and overthrowing a government, Jesus entered his holy temple to overturn the tables. His anger was not against the Roman government, but against his own people, who had taken what was sacred and turned it into something quite unholy.

Jesus has called us and separated us to be holy. Daily, we take what he has given to us and we make ourselves unholy. In my life, Jesus doesn’t change me by destroying all the evil around me, or even taking me away from all that is wicked. Instead, he penetrates my soul, pursuing what is HIS. The unholiness that is within me awakens righteous anger. We are to be set apart. Holy. Pure. Undefiled.

Questions for meditation:

Am I more concerned with judgment for others or for personal holiness?

How can I renew my mind to have a right view of personal holiness?