In this verse Jesus has made His way into Jerusalem that Palm Sunday only to look upon the Temple area in disgust. It tells us in verse 15 that the next day Jesus entered the Temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling, not only quoting Isaiah 56:7, “My house will be called a house of prayer.” but also Jeremiah 7:11, “Has this house, which bears My Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord.” So today, I’m going to ask you to examine your own Temple. For our body is a Temple of the living God. (I Corinthians 3:16 & 6:19, II Corinthians 6:16) and it’s very easy to allow things into our Temple that shouldn’t be there…especially during this uncertain and difficult time with the COVID19 virus. So I just want you to ask yourself – “Have I permitted negative emotions such as fear, worry, and doubt to now take up space in my Temple…Have I allowed frustration, irritation, and exasperation to take over my house of prayer?” Today’s the day to clear the Temple.
I can only imagine Mary and Joseph’s confusion when they finally found their young son sitting in the Temple courts listening to the Teachers of the Law…especially when He gave them such an explanation for His disappearance. Here was their sweet, obedient, 12 year old talking about the necessity of being in “My Father’s House.” No wonder they couldn’t comprehend or mentally grasp what He was saying to them. To them, they only saw a boy who had caused them some anxious moments until they found Him…not the Son of God, Who was going about doing His Father’s business.
The important part of this Scripture is not what is said, but rather the space of time between when the building of the Temple stopped and it was restarted. For it was 16 years that no work was done at the building site. How many people do you think looked at the Temple foundation year after year and considered all the work a loss? We will all have setbacks in life…times when our forward motion is hampered or even stopped for a season… and we don’t know why. This delay is not a time to declare defeat…for with God, any setback is only temporary in His timetable. And if we have faith and persevere, any delay will have success in the end.
Life from whom all living things derive their viability and existence only comes from the Lord above. And as the Body of Believers, we not only receive life and breath from the Father, but we also are given the Holy Spirit to reside within us.