Jesus Threw Them Out
12-14 Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up shop, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of loan sharks and the stalls of dove merchants. He quoted this text:
My house was designated a house of prayer;
You have made it a hangout for thieves.
Now there was room for the blind and crippled to get in. They came to Jesus and he healed them.
15-16 When the religious leaders saw the outrageous things he was doing, and heard all the children running and shouting through the Temple, “Hosanna to David’s Son!” they were up in arms and took him to task. “Do you hear what these children are saying?”
Jesus said, “Yes, I hear them. And haven’t you read in God’s Word, ‘From the mouths of children and babies I’ll furnish a place of praise’?”
17 Fed up, Jesus turned on his heel and left the city for Bethany, where he spent the night.
Read -- Read the passage aloud
Think/pray -- Image you are there when Jesus comes n the temple and cleanses it. To get your imagination going, read the passage a second time, but then set this book aside,close your eyes, and see yourself as a part of the scene.
Who are you? Where are you? Smell the incense and the scent of burning, sacrificed, animal flesh. Jump at the sound echo in the stunned silence. What are the expressions on the faces around you?
Now let the blind and crippled come into your view. Watch Jesus healing them. Listen to the voices of the children as they play and shout, "Hosanna!" What's your reaction to them? To Jesus' interaction with the disabled? To the indignation of the religious leaders?(Include no only your mental reaction but your physical reaction too, if any.)
Now follow Jesus as he walks out of the city, still fuming. Picture him initiating a conversation wiht you about the events of the day. Imagine that he asks you what it was like. Tell him.
Live -- In CS Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , the lion, Aslan, "isn't safe but he is good."
Consider the statement in light of what you've just read about Jesus. How does this view of Jesus alter your perception of who he is? In what ways does this affect how you relate to him.