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Squeaky Clean

photo credit: Harpersbizarre via photopin cc
photo credit: Harpersbizarre via photopin cc

I don’t want to take much of your time today, but these Red Letters are really important.

Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business. ~ John 2:13

Yesterday I talked about filling the waterpots.

Today we are cleaning the temples.

Jesus did this twice (that we know of.) once right here at the start of His ministry and once again right after the triumphal entry, less than a week from the day He would cry out “it is finished

Once the veil was torn, the temple of the living God was no longer a place. Oh, there was still a building, curtains and a box. But the lid was off the box, the curtain was torn and the very foundation was shaken.

So is God unconfined? Is He on the loose?

Today, He makes His home in you and me. He lives on the inside.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. ~ John 14:23

You are the temple of the living God. He bought you. You are His, and He is a permanent resident in your life.

This first Passover of His ministry, He was shocked by the misuse of the temple, for men to profit on the backs of the poor. This place that was intended to be a ‘house of prayer for all people’ had become a place where the poor were exploited as they tried to pay for their persistent and unrelenting sin.

Jesus went out and made a whip, came back and drove out the money changers and the cattle that were desecrating this holy place.

Jesus' act of purging the temple as He took His place as the Messiah, is a demonstration of what He wants to do, and is doing in us today.

I have heard this story used to abuse Christians through the years, but not today friend.

Today I want you to know that Jesus is driving the garbage out of your life. He has a whip, and is ready to curse the things that daily plague you and keep you from walking with the Lord.

This purging was not a punishment to the temple – was it? NO it was a blessing to the temple, as He drove out the interlopers, those who did not belong.

He is not going to come in and drive you out of yourself – now is He? No, He is going to make you clean and present you faultless before the Father with exceeding joy.

Ben NelsonHope this makes you as happy as it make me today. It sure is another Red Letter Day!

Thanks for coming by


0 thoughts on “Squeaky Clean

  1. bennetta faire

    Okay, so I'm raising my hand. The images confuse me--you say He has a whip and will drive out all the garbage in my life and He's cursing what daily plagues me; and then you say he's going to make me clean--and there's the baby photo, which suggests the gentle bathing that is a joy to both child and parent/care giver. So--where did I lose you?

  2. Ben Nelson

    I guess my point was he did not use the whip on the temple (you) he used it on the junk that was attacking and corrupting it. does that make sense. It is probably not well expressed because it is a new ah ha some where inside me.

    Jesus was not condemning the temple, and the temple was not what was at fault. Jesus was defending and protecting and doing what the temple needed done, but could not do for itself.

    Jesus - gentle to the sheep - bad business for the wolves.

    what do you think?


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