The cleansing of the temple.
Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, "It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves." And every day He was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put Him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on His words.
ALL THE PEOPLE WERE HANGING ON HIS WORDS. Jesus enters the temple and drives out those who have turned the house of prayer into a den of thieves. Having cleared it of traders, the temple is now ready for the teacher -- Jesus Himself. Every day Jesus teaches in the temple in spite of the fact that before the religious authorities He is a wanted man. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people are seeking to kill Him, but Jesus has the support of the people. That the people are "hanging on His words" is indicative of the people's adherence to Jesus' teachings as well as of the power of Jesus' words.
Jesus thus evokes conflicting reactions: The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people seek to kill Him, but the people are "hanging on his words." We are challenged to look into our own response to Jesus' teachings. Are we moved to repentance and transformation of life as we listen to His message or do we remain indifferent to it?
Our way of life can be a good news of salvation or a sign of doom for others.
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