The House of Prayer: Matthew 21:12-14
“12) And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13) And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.” 14) And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.” Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭12‬-‭14‬ ‭
Upon entering Jerusalem, Jesus went straight for the Temple and drove out those intent on commerce. He did not enter with a sacrifice, He was the sacrifice. He interrupted the status quo. He placed the focus back on God!
His zeal was to turn the temple back into a house of prayer and worship. What a novel idea! Can you imagine turning the temple into a place for people to seek and worship God? His Fathers House was to be a House of prayer and not a robbers den.
Then just to punctuate the difference between the religious leaders and Himself, the blind and the lame started coming to Him in the temple and He was healing them.
Jesus turned the arrows in the opposite direction. The temple was not a place for giving to God, it was a place for receiving from God. It was a meeting place with God.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global