Jesus had gone into the temple and saw the moneychangers and those who were selling sacrifices to present on the altar to God the Father. He took control of the situation 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." (verse 12) Then He made the statement, "It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves." (verse 13) This displeased the chief priests and scribes. Why? Because they were the ones who were in charge and control of the temple. They thought they were the "head of the house", but when Jesus came in and set things in order they got angry because He let them know it was "His House". The saddest part of this account was that The Head of the house was in the house and they didn't even realize it because they thought they were the head of the house.
It is still that way today. Many churches and church leaders think they are the "head" and have stopped acknowledging Jesus' headship in His "house/church". This isn't happening in churches only, it is happening in "The Church"- in the body of believers.
The Bible says that our bodies-- those who put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior-- are the temple of God (2 Corinthians 6:16). Like those chief priests in the temple that day, we too tend to think that we are the "head" of our own lives. Jesus is the Head of our lives, but we rarely acknowledge His Lordship.
When He came into your life at salvation, He intended to be the Head of your life/temple. He doesn't want to share you with anything else. Today make it your prayer that He would "drive out" anything that is displeasing to Him. That He would "overthrow" any idol you have set up in your heart. That He would "drive out" those things that would try to take His place. That He would "drive out" self-seeking, personal agenda, fleshly based goals, hatred, anger, bitterness, jealousy, and anything else that would make your life a "den of thieves" instead of a temple of prayer, holiness and honor to Him.
Have a great day. You are the temple of God. Let Him drive out anything in your life that would stop Him from being Head of your temple.
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