Overturning Tables

“Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves” (Matthew 21:12).

The Jesus shown in this passage is one of anger and passion. I often lack the control that Jesus had that day. My anger is often driven by selfishness and my stubborn nature can often lead me to hold a grudge for hours. I have written about this before in my post The Betrayal of Human Emotions but is not quite what I want to focus on today.

Our bodies are a temple. Lets just think about that for a moment. A temple just like the one in the passage above. If Jesus was in front of you today could you honestly say that you are looking after the temple given to you? I am not sure I could answer yes. I do everything to the best of my ability but I mess up. I purposely avoid or ignore advice sometimes especially when it comes to my mental, physical or spiritual wellness because I think I know better or just because. If we overturned the tables on our wellness today what would that look like? Would that make us sit up and listen to the areas we have been neglecting?

After Jesus showed his anger and passion for the wrongs he saw he went on to cure the blind and the lame as seen in this verse:

“The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them” (Matthew 21:14).

After the passion and anger had faded Jesus went on to cure. When we have overturned the tables on the areas that we have been failing in we too need to take time to work on them and allow ourselves to heal. Sometimes we need the shake up to realise the wrong and to take time out to fix it.

We can do this for ourselves and we can do this for our outer world. Injustice is all around us, we just need to take the time to overturn the tables on it. Take that anger and passion and fuel it into something positive. Overturn the tables and then take the time to allow yourselves and the world to heal.


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