And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen…
As Jesus came into the Jerusalem temple at Passover, He encountered a temple full of activity and distractions; animals filling the courtyard and making a mess, coins clanging as one exchanged Roman currency for temple coins. It had the appearance of importance, but none of it was. There were people gathering and conversing, religious activities requiring a response, appointed sacrifices to be made. The only thing that mattered in the temple was God, attending to His presence. This was the one priority of the temple and it was not happening.
Jesus found a rope and poured out His passion for God by driving out every distraction that had taken up residence in the one place is shouldn’t be. Men and their misplaced priorities were driven out with the animals.
It was a priority for Jesus that the main thing remain the main thing – in God’s temple, God’s presence and our service to Him is the main thing.
As we approach Passover it is good to consider what is happening in our ‘temple.’
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16
Ask yourself, “Where have I reduced my relationship with God to a transaction?” Am I just showing up for the activities that are required of me to prove my relationship; bible study, prayer, church attendance, singing in worship? Or am I passionately seeking Him where He can be found and refusing to let other distractions get in the way?
It is not always sin that gets in the way of our relationship. Sometimes it is just simple distractions, or lesser things that take my attention and consequently my affections away from God.
…But only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42 AMP
Jesus is inviting us to dwell with Him and keep the main thing the main thing.