45 Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices. 46 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”
47 After that, he taught daily in the Temple, but the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the other leaders of the people began planning how to kill him.48 But they could think of nothing, because all the people hung on every word he said.
A few things stick out of this well know passage to me that I encourage you to explore further for me
The importance of the place of presence, the temple.
Jesus regarding the temple really highly. The temple was a place where the people met with God. A place of prayer and worship. It had become a place of buying and selling.
As a Church on a Sunday our temple happens to be a school hall, but it’s a place of presence. It’s an important place because it’s where meet with God.
Don’t turn the house of prayer into anything else
The temple had become a marketplace which is why Jesus turns the tables. Jesus is clear that it should be a house of prayer. I think it’s brilliant that our church is used by so many people in our community, but first and foremost the places we gather as church are houses of prayer and worship
The Pharisees already plotting to kill
We cannot be sure of the timescale here but quite quickly the Pharisees questioning has become murderous intent. In turning the tables and in teaching in the temple, Jesus is challenging their authority and their teaching, after all they let it get like this
The people hung on every word
I love some of the phrases we see in scripture. The people were hungry for the words of Jesus. It’s Saturday today and Church tomorrow.
As we gather tomorrow is that phrase reflective of you?
Are you coming to church tomorrow to hang on the every word of Jesus?