Monday 29th March

Monday 29th March

Pray – take time to settle yourself and ask God to speak to you, through today’s reading and reflection………………

 

Bible Reading Mark 11:15-19

15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations”a]">[a]? But you have made it “a den of robbers”.’

18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.

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Reflection

It was really busy in the temple courtyard that day, the hustle and bustle of people coming and going, the noise of the animals, and clinking of coins as money was exchanged. It’s hard to make a living as a tradesman, there’s so much tax to pay – there’s the temple tax we traders have to pay to the elders and the taxes we have to pay to the Romans, all on top of the cost of transporting my goods to be sold! The problem is, there’s so much competition, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd. Everyone needs a nice lamb or a perfect pair of pigeons now and then for their sacrifices, so what’s wrong we me making the most of the situation.

“A den of robbers!” that’s what he called us, I thought that was a bit harsh. But we do get these religious folks coming in and going on about what they’d heard from God that morning. So, I wasn’t really paying that much attention when he arrived, I was too busy trying to get some customers. But it suddenly went quiet, so I stopped to look. This bloke was different, he didn’t look much but as he came into the temple court the crowds stopped and then flocked around him. It was as if he’d cast a spell over them, they just hung on his every word! I couldn’t see the attraction really, all I knew was that no-one was buying from me, they were all focused on this teacher from Nazareth, like he was someone special. It really annoyed me when he called us a den of robbers, but that was nothing to what happened next. He started to force the traders out of the temple courts, he was hitting them with this cord. I didn’t know what to do so I stayed behind my table trying to keep out of the way! What was wrong with the man?!

Before I knew it, there he was, right in front of me. He looked at me with eyes full of fire, burning right into my soul. I was just about to tell him that he was well out of order and that nobody in their right mind behaves like that in God’s house, when he grabbed my table and flung it over! You can’t imagine the chaos! All my money was everywhere! The pigeons flapping all over the place. People ducking and screaming and running. I lost so much trade that day, and all because this travelling teacher was trying to make a point. And in the temple, too. Who did he think he was? Some kind of Messiah or something? Humph! He’s no Messiah of mine. He owes me!

Read the Bible passage again asking God to speak to you.

Pray

Be quiet and allow the Holy Spirit to show you those things you put between yourself and God, ask him to drive them out..........

 

God, as we walk through Holy Week toward the cross,

may we remember the wonder of who you are.

Beyond sin, your love is inexhaustible.

Beyond brokenness, your forgiveness is incomprehensible.

Beyond betrayal, your grace is poured out eternally.

Beyond death, your life is unimaginable.

Beyond human understanding,

your ways are always higher than ours.

Amen.