Riot on Palm Sunday
We often miss other events that happened on that day as Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem. Even as the children cried Hosanna and others gaped at the spectacle …the Bible tells us that Jesus heads for the temple and proceeds to scatter the tables of money changers and seats of other vendors.
Mat 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them
A riot of sorts witnessed by blind and lame onlookers who must have wondered “what manner of man is this Jesus? …we thought here was a gentle saviour, a spiritual man …what then is this violent aggression to mean?”
Jesus makes a strong statement that commercial interests and the spirit of mammon and religion of works and sacrifices should not be allowed a place in the temple …and other distractions that take focus away from God.
He describes this temple as a den of thieves … a hideout for people to scheme and manipulate to obtain that which does not belong to them, which God has not given to them. A den is an unfurnished place of confusion and darkness … a place that people sneak in and out (lacking commitment) …unlike a house - a place of light, furnished with comforts and where we are open and relaxed…but this is not the house of men but the house of the most high God … ruled by the laws of God and not the opinions of men. It is a place for the supernatural, for signs and wonders … a place for healings. The House of God is also to be a place of prayer … a place to take God’s word back to Him on our knees.
But Jesus had to push out the trivial and the profane before he received the blind and the lame. As the moneychangers and the aides focused on commerce are ejected, the congregation will be focused on prayers to God … the blind and the lame will come to Jesus, the Healer who is visiting the temple to heal.
We are God’s temple … do not be afraid of the riot in your spirit that God initiates to ultimately heal you … or the disquiet that must precede the healing revival. What you may be missing is the casting out, the humbling that must precede His healings. Begin to walk and see clearly in Jesus name. Amen
Hosanna to the son of David. Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.