Friday: 22nd November, 2019
Reference text: Luke 19:45-48
Luke 19:45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;
The best way to keep intruders out of a place when they are driven out involves not only keeping the place locked, but to find something else to occupy the emptied space. We will recall an incident in the Gospels when Jesus described the situation an unclean spirit when driven out of a person, goes looking around for a new home and if they find none, return to their former home if found uninhabited(Mt 12:43ff)
Merchants in any environment will keep calling for attention because that is the only way to get their goods sold out.
We can therefore use the words in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians as a focal point: ‘did you not know that your bodies are the temples of God?(1 Cor 3:16), Therefore, if Jesus moved to drive out merchant’s from the temple, that is our cue to also begin pushing out and dragging out of our temples all the things that should not be present. The bitterness, the inappropriate thoughts, the jealousy, anger and disregard for the things of God amongst others- all must go.
Even then, we have to take it a step further- to bring in new faces. To usher in an era of newness not comprising of merchants who have no value for the temple, but priests who know its true worth. It is about time we mediated not just on whatever is pure, lovely, commendable and excellent (Phil 4:8), but to establish them in our temples.
For we cannot drive out merchants and leave their space unoccupied.