Children Running and Shouting

The flavored popcorn salt was a few years old. I tossed it. The Raspberry Tea bags fit on the organizer with the black tea bags. I recycled the box.

I was cleaning out the organizers to move the rest of the spices there. I read on Pinterest, “Chill kills.” Some things are best stored on the counter or in a cupboard. (My spices were in the freezer.) The apples are now in a fruit bowl. Derek’s hot sauces are with the oils.

When Jesus cleared the temple of money changers, He was making room, too, –

for us!

“Herod’s temple,…consisting of four courts. The large outer Court of the Gentiles…was the only part of the temple open to Gentiles (non-Jews). Each of the three remaining courts…Court of Women, Court of Israel, Court of Priests…stood in the middle of the Court of Gentiles, but only Jews were allowed to enter its first court – Court of Women. Only Jewish men were admitted to the Court of Israel…He was standing in the Court of Gentiles. Only in this area were the merchants allowed to sell sheep and doves for sacrifice at Passover, and to exchange foreign currency for the required temple offering. This outer court was the site of Jesus dramatic temple cleansing.” Chronological Study Bible Notes

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Matthew 21:15, 16, “When the religious leaders saw the outrageous things He was doing, and heard all the children running and shouting through the Temple, ‘Hosanna to David’s Son!’ they were up in arms and took Him to task. ‘Do you hear what these children are saying?’ ” The Message

The “outrageous things” Jesus did were:

  1. Cleansing the temple of the money changers,
  2. Making room for the blind and disabled to get in, and
  3. Healing them!

He emptied the Gentiles Court to give non-Jews a place to worship. I’m sure the children enjoyed running around the “Gentiles Court” circle. Of course, they would be shouting praises.

“Both Matthew and Mark relate the cleansing of the temple to the cursing of the fig tree. The activity in the temple, like the fig tree, had the appearance of life but could be as fruitless as was the greed of the money changers.” Chronological Study Bible Notes

Jesus made room in His house for the non-Jew, the hurting, and children. This Easter let us do the same.

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