PURITY AND HOLINESS IN GOD’S HOUSE.The Prophet Zechariah looked forward to the return of Holiness in God’s house. He looked forward to a day where Gentiles would seek Him genuinely, and not just for personal and financial gain.
“… there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the Lord of hosts…” (Zechariah 14:20-21).
A DEFILED TEMPLE:The defilement of the Holy temple met with the rage of Jesus Christ. Trade within His temple was clearly unacceptable. Jesus overturned their tables and pulled down the seats of the traders… with the same voice and spirit of Zechariah…. He entered the temple and “drove out all who sold and bought” there… (Matthew 21:12-13).
CONFRONTED BY JESUS:Jesus took action by condeming and confronting the buyers and sellers, head on! Neither group were spared.
In the place of Holiness, there shall be no buying and selling:
“My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you make it a den of robbers.”
CHRIST HAS ALREADY SET THE STANDARD:There is a standard of Holiness for those who claim to be genuine followers of Jesus Christ. Christ is the brigde between fallen sinful mankind and God. He drove out the buyers and overturned the tables and seats of the traders.
BUYING AND SELLING:Are you a “buyer” or “trader” of services or goods within God’s holy temple? Are you distracted or distracting God’s Sheep from Prayer? Now is the time to repent and turn away from your sin.
A NEW BUILDING:I believe in this season, God is erecting a New Building. In this New Building, it will no longer be business as usual. While some will survive this blowing wind of change; others will be pulled down, brick by brick. There is no other foundation that can be built other than the foundation Christ has already already built.
© Ruth Dickson