“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” – Matthew 21:12-13
Jesus entered the temple and found something that stood against the holiness of God. He responded and then what? He moved on.
I find this very interesting.
Jesus notices something that needs correction and this is the response:
Step 1: State clearly what is wrong and why?
Step 2: Move on
He does not create or advocate the funding of lobby groups to remain at the temple and continue flipping tables. He does not stay and flip the table again after it is righted, which it almost certainly was. He does not spend the rest of his ministry condemning this particular sin, over and against the other kinds of brokenness throughout Israel.
He moves on…as if something more important were at stake.
Do we do this?
I wonder if we, as followers of Christ, are allowing ourselves to be distracted from the point of Christ (salvation for all creation) by getting bogged down in the continuous condemnation of others.
It is as if we cannot leave the temple. We enter the temple to worship God and find something we believe is dishonouring and than we never leave…we stay continuous flipping tables forever while the mission to the world is never accomplished.
Do we even enter the temple?
I think it is interesting that Christ’s primary admonitions were against the leaders and teachers of the people of God and those who operated the house of worship.
Christ flipped tables in the house of God…outside of that house he dined with prostitutes, drunks and all collection of sordid humanity. We seem to have reversed this…we often go into the world and flip tables while sharing our dinner with the holy community.
Something is wrong…are we being distracted from delivering the gospel and getting lost in condemnation? I wonder.