Daily Devotion – March 3, 2018


John 2:13–17

It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem.  In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money.  Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables.  Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”

Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”


Devotion by Chris Shiver

The Hebrew law required that the people regularly offer livestock & crop sacrifices at the temple.  For many of those living far from Jerusalem it was probably difficult to get those from their farms to the temple in good condition.  For others who were not farmers (like Joseph the carpenter) they would have to purchase those things.  Likely as a result a thriving market for these items developed at the temple over time.  I am thinking that when Jesus saw all this he felt that the business was overshadowing the worship in this Holy place.  It would not have been surprising even to find that the religious leaders were getting a healthy cut from this business, and may have been more concerned with cash flow than glorifying God.

Julia and I have our own business and are constantly trying to find the balance between making a living and living for the glory of the Kindom.  When you work from home the boundary lines between what is work time, what is family time & what is time devoted to God can become more blurred.  The lesson here for me I believe is twofold.  I should of course always be considering & following God’s guidance in everything I do.  I should also make sure that I make time each day for God alone, and not allow business or personal concerns to gradually erode the relationship I have with the Divine presence.



My Prayer:

Jesus, I pray that ultimately your “bottom line” will be my “bottom line”.  I also pray that if I see you coming with a whip, that I will be open to letting you clean house.  Amen.

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