Scripture: Luke 19:46 : “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’
Observations: Joseph’s family settles in Goshen and Jacob (Israel) prepares to die. I find that sad today as I await to hear about my friend Shirley who is in the last stages of life. I found today’s Psalm hard to take. Why do the bad get ahead? Seems unfair, but it rains on the just and unjust. Luke starts out with the story of Zacchaeus, followed by the mina parable – to those who have, more will be given, but those who have little will lose. There is the triumphal entry where they proclaim Christ the King, though in reality they thought he was going to be a military king, and when they find out he wasn’t, they reject him. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem which he knows will be destroyed, and he cleanses the temple.
Application: I wonder if we need to cleanse our temples before Jesus does. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” If we are the temple, are we not to be a house of prayer? Yet, is our house filled with robbers? (a.k.a. sin). It is better if we take the first step in cleansing.
Prayer: Psalm 51
Have mercy on me,[a] O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right[b] spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit. (ESV)
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 49-50 (the end of Genesis – a milestone); Psalm 8; Luke 20