Mark 11:15–19 (ESV)
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
15 And they came
to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything
through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes
heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. 19 And when evening came they went out of the city.
I wonder if Jesus ever did
dishes? I don’t know, but in today’s reading... he certainly cleaned house in the Temple. At the same time, he ticked off the chief priests and the scribes. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “As prophesied in Mal 3:1–5,
Jesus purifies the temple of those who use religion to line their pockets. He does so in the temple court, where genuine worship has been disrupted. Today, Jesus challenges us to eliminate all such barriers to God’s Word in our lives and in our congregations.
He is the proper focus of our prayers, the reason for our service; He hallows us as the temple of His Holy Spirit.”
I pray: O Lord, help me to never use your name for profit. I get tired
of some television evangelist selling tickets to come and hear them preach God’s Word. Help us to never create barriers that might block others from hearing your Word. Salvation is a free gift, I say free, but was bought and paid for with
Jesus blood. His life and death on the cross has set us free. Amen.