So on the back of Palm Sunday yesterday, we’re starting a week of posts, walking through this Holy Week. We’re going to use Bible readings, images, videos, music, and even a multimedia meditative art piece on Friday. I’m not even kidding.
Today, we’re starting quietly with a reading from Matthew, remembering when Jesus overturned the tables in the temple. May we, this Easter, have our hearts overturned to see more of Jesus’ love.
Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up shop, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of loan sharks and the stalls of dove merchants. He quoted this text:My house was designated a house of prayer;You have made it a hangout for thieves.Now there was room for the blind and crippled to get in. They came to Jesus and he healed them. 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?”Jesus said, “Yes, I hear them. And haven’t you read in God’s Word, ‘From the mouths of children and babies I’ll furnish a place of praise’?”
From The Message, Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson