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Living for the Future

☀ “When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the LORD, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel. And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. BUT MANY of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. Yet many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off.” ~ Ezra 3:10-13

Contrast the responses of those who were finally back home again in the beloved land of Israel with those who knew old Israel before the captivity. Half the congregation of Israel rejoiced in the new day whilst the other half “belly-ached” what used to be but is no more!

“Father God? I cannot do a thing about what I have lost over my lifetime; from relationships to parents to homes to jobs to possessions and more. But, YOU have been there every step of the way – preserving me, sustaining me and affirming your love for me. Let these things be enough for me! Help me by your Spirit to keep my eyes affixed on YOU and the Son’s soon appearing to take me home to a more glorious place where you dwell in the heavenlies! In Jesus Name. Amen.” 💕

From Sorrow to Righteous Anger

From Sorrow to Righteous Anger

💦 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a ‘DEN OF THIEVES.'” Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES AND NURSING INFANTS YOU HAVE PERFECTED PRAISE’?” Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.” ~ Matthew 21:12-17

As Jesus entered in to Jerusalem to begin His final journey to the cross, He wept over its inhabitants and the city itself – because they did not want His forgiveness of sin but rather, deliverance from Roman rule and the hardship it wrought.

Once inside the city’s walls, Jesus went straight to Herod’s temple – witnessing thieves and robbers taking advantage of Israel’s poorest citizens whom were being sold tainted imperfect doves for sacrifice. These “religious leaders” were profiting off of the name of GOD for financial gain. Jesus’s sorrow turned to a raging anger as their profiteering made a mockery of God the Father’s name… much like many modern day “Christian leaders” of today. (see II Corinthians 2:16-17)

Let this be an eternal warning to everyone who believes Jesus is incapable of exercising righteous anger against the ungodly! (see Psalm 2:10-12)

Lastly, as we Christians offer up pure worship and praise and thanksgiving before our Great God and Savior, Jesus the Christ – let it be pleasing to His ears. However, let us also carefully examine our personal lives too. Why? Because, our obedience to His commands are proportional to our love for Him. (see John 14:14)

“Finally, little sheep. Keep yourselves from idols.” ~ I John 5:21 💕

Jesus Purges His Father’s House

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“For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.” (Psalm 69:9)

After spending a few days at Capernaum, Jesus, His family, and His disciples traveled to Jerusalem to observe the Passover (John 2:12-13). The huge temple complex, rebuilt by Herod, had been turned into something akin to a religious shopping mall, with stalls and booths surrounding the outer court with vendors who “sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting” (John 2:14).

Ostensibly, these vendors were there to facilitate the thousands of visitors who had come to observe the Passover and offer sacrifices and contribute payment for certain vows and “redemption” fees identified by the Old Testament laws (Leviticus 27). However, the system had been corrupted by “heavy burdens” of usurious temple fees levied by the priesthood (Matthew 23:4).

Jesus became incensed by the open corruption and flagrant violation of God’s instructions, and making “a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise” (John 2:15-16).

What a sight this must have been! Just a small taste of the “zeal of thine house” (John 2:17) turned this one man into a flurry of power that stunned a host of vendors, priests, and temple guards. One day, “the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever” (Revelation 15:7) will be unleashed on Earth. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). HMM III

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