Good Friday morning! I am so slow in getting going this morning, and yet I have accomplished quite a bit. I went out with B 'n B last night for a steak and kept hitting that iced tea. Just a bunch of hard-core party fools, that us! I did get some nice photos of the sunset after dinner. That breeze this morning reminded me that autumn is coming around these parts. Not that the wind was below freezing or anywhere close to that, but after walking many mornings this summer, the breeze definitely had a coolness to it that spoke of change. In what other ways are we reminded of experiences in the past? A song might remind you of a special time in your life, or perhaps not. I named many of the 70's songs to Burt as they played on Dude's radio last night, but none of them seemed to trip any particular memories for him. Of course, he may not have heard me at all...
Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: "Passion for God's house will consume me." (John 2:17) with reference to Psalms 69:9
The disciples remembered scripture because they had studied the scriptures. We may not always remember a Bible verse right away; something that a person does might trigger our memories though. Jesus was passionate about his Father's temple. While I have assumed anger in the actions of Jesus in clearing the Temple, I need to remember his passion. Jesus didn't like - we would say that he couldn't stand - the misuse and abuse of the Temple that was going on. Jesus' passion overflowed when he saw the moneychangers and livestock merchants in the Temple itself buying, selling, and otherwise doing commerce in a place of worship. Proverbs, I believe, has a verse that says something like: There is a time and a place for everything under the sun.
We have time and the places to conduct our work or business, but in church is not one of them. We have heard this before of course, but we need the reminder from time to time that church is a time to gather and worship God. We don't make business contacts or hand out our business cards in church or arrange for meetings because we'll see 'Bob' in church. If the pastor tells us to call him during the week to talk about something to do with business, we don't correct him on the spot, we call him... after all the church IS his business!
Have a great and prayerful weekend in Christ!