The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. John 2:13-22
I imagine that few of the money changers set out to do something so brazen – to manipulate and take advantage of people trying to offer worship to God. At some point, they were led off the right path and chose instead to do something that they knew was wrong. We don’t have to end up selling in the temple to venture off the path.
In this season of Lent, a season of self-examination and confession, can you identify things in your own life that are leading you away from God’s path for you? What steps can you take to move away from sin and temptation and more fully into the path that God would have you follow?
Prayer: Gracious God, you are always more willing to forgive us than we can imagine. Forgive us, we pray, for the ways that we have failed to live in the light of your love. Open our eyes and show us the way to move beyond our sin and into the way that you would have us go. Amen.