Monday in Holy Week

On the following day, they came to Jerusalem, and he went into the Temple and began driving out those who bought and sold in the Temple.

He upset the tables of the money-changers and the seats of the dealers in pigeons; and he would not allow anyone to use the Temple Court as a thoroughfare for carrying goods.

Then he began to teach them, and said, ‘Does not Scripture say, “My house shall be called a prayer for all the nations?”  But you have made it of robbers’ Cave.’

The chief priests and the doctors of the law heard of this and sought some means of making away with him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching.

And when evening came he went out of the city.

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T2 use the Temple as a marketplace was to engage in a blatant desecration of the holy.

To exchange money and to sell pigeons at exorbitant prices was to abuse the poor.

The anger of Jesus is apparent against these social sins. We see his anger in its fearless purity, and it is not a pretty sight.

The only frightened people in this story are the authorities! They are afraid of Jesus – he was too popular.

They are afraid of the crowd – they are too spellbound by this fiery teacher.

“Conscience  makes cowards of us all.”

“Fear him, ye saints, and then you will then have nothing else to fear.”

(Mark 11:12, 15-19)

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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