I am stunned by what Jesus does and says.
I must admit, I like some of the churches that seemed to have turned God’s house into a shopping mall. They are fun to go to. They have turned worship into a rock concert. I must decide what is important to Jesus.
Jesus isn’t amused.
Jesus is angry.
Jesus is consumed with honoring God, his Father.
Jesus challenges me to focus on being consumed with honoring God.
When the Passover Feast, celebrated each spring by the Jews, was about to take place, Jesus traveled up to Jerusalem. He found the Temple teeming with people selling cattle and sheep and doves. The loan sharks were also there in full strength.
Jesus put together a whip out of strips of leather and chased them out of the Temple, stampeding the sheep and cattle, upending the tables of the loan sharks, spilling coins left and right. He told the dove merchants, “Get your things out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a shopping mall!” That’s when his disciples remembered the Scripture, “Zeal for your house consumes me.