“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.” Matthew 21:12-13
Last summer while in Iowa, my husband and I drove by the home I lived for the last two years of high school at 214 J Avenue, Nevada, Iowa. It was a small bungalow–hardly a showcase home, but it was clean, tidy, and welcoming.
The moment we turned the corner and I saw the home, I could feel a swell of anger rising. The house looked abandoned, downed trees in the front yard, rakes and shovels leaning against the front of the house–no smile on the exterior of the home. I said to Glen, “I’m sure glad my dad never saw this house in such disrepair.”
My parents’ theory was “Soap is cheap and elbow grease is free.” They worked hard and took pride in all they had. They respected their neighbors by caring for their property.
When Jesus witnessed the lack of respect the people had for his Father’s house, he threw a temper tantrum. If my father had seen the home in its current condition, he may have reacted like Jesus did and pick up the garden tools and toss them into the junk pile in the front yard.
Lord, help us be full of pride in all we have and do to honor you. Amen.