Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan
is Jeremiah 13-15, John 2
13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
Jesus shows his anger at how the temple was treated; at the disrespect & dishonesty, the evil acts & injustices. The temple was the house of God & needed to be treated with the utmost respect & reverence.
When we accept Jesus into our hearts, he literally indwells us through the Holy Spirit & so we become a temple of God.
How do we treat this temple? Do we take this privilege seriously or do we wave it off, not recognizing the awesomeness of it?
What do we allow into this temple, how do we treat it?
I believe what we physically put into it/do to it is important. We need to keep ourselves healthy through food, exercise, not harming ourselves (smoking, drugs), etc. We also need to consider who we are representing; do we dress with modesty.
We also need to know what we’re putting into our hearts & minds. Are we filling ourselves with the “trash of the world” or all things good & holy? Do we realize the things we do are essentially being done right inside God’s temple?
How are we using his temple? For dishonest gain or with love to help & encourage others? Do we show respect & consideration to others or are we unaccepting?
Jesus was angered by the way his temple was used. He intended to represent his glory & to bring people to him. Is our temple being used in a way to glorify Him?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage
: Jeremiah 16-18, John 3