Christ’s High Expectation Of The Worship Of God
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 01 March 2017
12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days. 13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. 17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
1 Chronicles 16:29-30
29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. 30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
esus and His disciples came to Jerusalem to participate in the Passover, in obedience to God’s commandment that the Jews should remember the deliverance of their fathers from the bondage of Egypt (Exo 23:14–17; Num 9:1–5). Jesus showed great respect for this festival as it was commanded in the Old Testament. The Lord Jesus is our example in all aspects of life, even in the matter of worship and service of God. Like our Lord we must worship God on the appointed day (the Lord’s Day) and be zealous in the activities of the Church (Heb 10:25).
Upon His arrival in the Temple, He saw those who sell animals and birds to the worshippers who came from distant lands for sacrifice. There were also money changers who helped the Jews who came from outside Palestine to change their Roman coins into Jewish coins for the payment of the temple tax. Nonetheless they made the Temple grounds a place of merchandise for personal gain. That’s why Jesus said, “make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.” Towards the end of Christ’s ministry, He said that they “made it a den of thieves” (Matt 21:13). John Calvin comments, “The priests misused the merchandise for their own gain and avarice, and such a mockery of God was unendurable. Again whatever excuse men may plead, so soon as they depart, however slightly, from God’s command they are blameworthy and need correcting.” This has compelled Jesus to drive away the animals, birds and the merchants with a “scourge” or whip that He made out of small cords that would have been used to bind the animals.
In Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple, we see His fiery zeal for the preservation of the holy worship. His disciples remembered David’s prediction in Psalm 69, “For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.” When we approach the Lord’s presence in an unholy and careless manner, it is viewed by the Lord as a reproach against God. It is a great sin to worship the Lord with unclean hearts and impure motives. Let us worship Him with fear and holy devotion.
Our churches should not become chapels of worldliness.
Lord, help me to worship You in the beauty of holiness.