Day 241 – Time to Turn Tables
On: June 29, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be a house of prayer’ ; but you have made it ‘a  den of robbers.’ ” Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it because all the people hung on his words. Luke 19:45-48

Matthew’s version of this story reveals that Jesus was so incensed at the abuse of His Father’s House, that He turned over the traders’ tables. The implication of the wording is that Jesus was not so much angry that there were traders present, selling doves for burnt offerings; rather, that they were exploiting the pilgrims who were entering the temple, having travelled from far and wide – locals would have brought their own. No doubt, similar to Zacchaeus earlier in this chapter, they were overcharging as the visitors were a captive market with nowhere else to go.

Yesterday we saw that, where people reject the way of peace offered to them by Jesus, they will eventually reap a harvest of destruction. Today, we see the Prince of Peace running amok.

There is a time to turn over the tables of peace to try and lead people away from inevitable destruction. Short term pain for long term gain.

Often dubbed “tough love”, this can range from confronting unhealthy behaviour in a  family member, to challenging unethical practice inthe workplace.

A word of caution: there is a world of difference between taking frustrations out on someone who’s annoying us, and embarking on a painful process to reverse attitudes and actions that may otherwise lead to disaster.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, create in me a growing likeness to You, that I might know when is the time for gentle patience and when it is time for robust action. Amen.

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