Turn The Table

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers." Matthew 21:12-13

The expression "the tables have turned" doesn't derive its meaning from this occurrence. This might surprise you because it's an interesting concept given what Jesus did. The expression communicates a reversal of a situation or to gain an advantage over someone whom you previously did not. When Jesus comes upon this moment, he intends to reverse a situation that he knew was unjust. But it was not only the act of buying and selling in the temple that bothered him, but it was also the ultimate "robbery" of gaining a financial advantage using guilt sacrifices to God and also in "God's house."

As you reflect on this moment where Jesus acted out against injustice toward God, consider your injustices against God. Where do you need to "turn the tables of the sin in your heart?" Consider where you might need to be more forceful in your efforts against sin that you have tolerated.

DO THIS: Give table turning effort against sin.

PRAYER: God, give me the strength to trust in your for my faith and salvation, but also give me the power to work hard against sin. Thanks for overturning the tables of my heart and help me to do the same for you.


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