Changes

Yesterday, we read in John 13:49 and 50 that Jesus would only say what the Father told Him to say. Jesus did what the Father told Him to do. He was meek and humble.

When we read of Jesus turning over the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves, it seems out of character – until you understand what they were doing.

The moneychangers were for those who traveled from other countries to Jerusalem for the Passover. They exchanged the currency of their country for the local currency. It seems okay until you realize the moneychangers decided what the rate of exchange would be!

And the sellers of doves? The poorest of the poor offered birds as a sacrifice. Once again, the sellers set the price of the doves. They were making themselves rich by overcharging the poor. And they were all doing this inside of the temple. They were not allowed in there at all!

God directed Jesus to remove these “merchants.” Jesus didn’t just barge in the temple and start throwing furniture.

Mark 11:5, “Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. When He had looked around at everything, as the hour was now late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.” Modern English Version

The steps Jesus took to cleanse the temple:

  1. He looked around at everything.
  2. He did not make any changes at night.
  3. He slept on it.
  4. He talked with His Father about it because he always rose early to pray.
  5. He took care of it first when He returned to Jerusalem.
  6. He was diligent and would not allow anyone to carry any vessel through the temple. That way, no one could set up shop again.

These are the steps to take when we want to make any changes in our lives:

  1. Look at everything.
  2. Don’t do anything at night.
  3. Sleep on it.
  4. Talk to God about it.
  5. Make the changes first thing in the morning.
  6. Don’t allow anything that may cause you to fall back into old patterns. That will make the change permanent.

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