Dear Temples of God,
I never expected these two to get along! I was wrong.
Reading Mark 11:12-26
There are some things that you learn to wait for in anticipation. You know things are about to happen on the fourth of July when it is getting dark out and there is a crowd all around you looking in a certain direction. It will be no surprise when the sky lights up. I am expecting something from our dogs later on today. We came home and they had gotten into the dog treats and there is a lot missing, I mean a lot! It is only a matter of time.
There are a couple things from our passage today that surprised people, that were not expected. One being the fig tree withering up. The other being Jesus overturning tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
It appears that both should have been expected.
As Jesus approached the fig tree, ‘He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening.’ When they found it withered up later, they should have expected it, because of Jesus’ words. The fact that the fig tree withered should also not surprise people today as it was a picture of the religious leaders at the time, of Israel and their distance from God. It was a prophetic sign that God was going to judge Israel. Their hearts were not delighting in God, and following Him.
After the disciples responded to the withered fig tree, Jesus, in speaking about faith, states that even mountains can be moved. I believe it is true that faith in God will bring about hearts that delight in God and in turn, hearts that will have the desires of God, and then God will give us the desires of “our” hearts. Anyone who delights in God will have right desires! Who or what are we delighting in, and what are the motives behind our prayers, and are we believing in faith? Maybe the mountain in our life, is an unbelieving friend. Let’s pray for them. He desires that none perish. (2 Peter 3:9)
Psalm 37:4 (NASB95)
4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
The second thing that should have been expected was that Jesus would want to correct the abuse of theTemple, that he would “cleanse” theTemple. The original purpose of the Gentile court was for Gentiles to be able to enter and worship. God wanted all nations to worship Him, not just Israel. The religious leaders had disregarded the intention of God for His Temple. It was to be a house of prayer for all people. People who were children of God would recognize that gift and want all to enjoy that gift.
True faith in God will recognize that we have been given Life when we have deserved death. True faith in God will lead to hearts that are filled with thankfulness, and a longing to continually speak to God, to listen to Him, to cherish His Word. Now, we believers are told that we are theTemple of the Holy Spirit, and we are to live accordingly. One of the things we are to be about is prayer. We are to pray without ceasing. A mobileTemple, to be a “house” of prayer. How are you using yourTemple? Let’s not disregard God’s intention for His Temple.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NASB95)
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NASB95)
16 Rejoice always;
17 pray without ceasing;
18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
We have the greatest privilege to be the Temple of the Holy Spirit. My hope is that I will delight in God always, and pray continually. How about you?