Reading for Today:
Psalm 24, 29, 103
Zech. 9:9-12; 12:9-13:9
1 Tim. 6:12-16
We celebrate Palm Sunday. We enter into Holy Week.
Oh… and the King has entered his house and isn’t really all that happy.
What Jesus sees when he comes into the Temple area (something he has witnessed on a regular basis in his ministry) moves him now. He is ready to deal with the fruitless leadership of Israel. They were called to be the people of God but were demonstrating nothing of Kingdom fruit.
The issue is not whether there should have been moneychangers; it is whether it was valid to turn much of the outer court into a place emphasizing commerce rather than worship. (Keener, IVP Bible Background Commentary)
The house was for prayer and for all nations. It had been reduced to a club and the area where prayer should have been vibrant was taken up with pursuing commerce. Focus was lost. The poor were exploited, women and Gentiles were restricted, and not much prayer was actually going on. But… revenue was up.
We can have “leading indicators” in church life that seem to tell us things are “well.” We have people in the pews and money in the plate. We gauge church success by “nickels and noses.” Or, as I like to say, “butts and budgets.”
If the King comes to his house now… how are we doing? How are his “leading indicators” in our church life?
The King of Glory enters. Let us be ready.