" Jesus entered into the temple and drove all those who were buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling dove. ' It is written,' He said to them;
" my house will become a house of prayers, but you have made it a den of robbers."
The age of the past, is indeed a much better time than now, I mean: if you take a look at the past, the gospel we are enjoying and benefiting from today, came with much impact from the people God used in that era, I'm not saying God isn't using people mightily today. Let's go back in time a little bit, the time of the law, before Jesus Christ, even still in the time of Jesus, it was the duty of every Jewish Father to educate their sons, in the teachings of the law.
They all took the laws and the book of the prophets to heart, although it had a side effect, ( of course the devil will always find a side effect in what ever God establishes in man ) because when a man thinks he is wise and has knowledge of the scripture from beginning to end, he becomes full of himself, not keeping the law to heart, but to memory, causing him to be full of pride.
Such a man thinks is a chosen one better than others, thinking he is without sin, when indeed pride is a sin which can also lead to diverse sins. As you can see the relationship between the Pharisees, Sadducees and Jesus. And God said;
1 Corinthians 1:19
" I'll destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
True wisdom of God's word comes only from the holy spirit which God has deposited in our heart through His word. Without the Holy spirit in us, we do not know Jesus, yes, you can say it with your mouth and even in tears, but if you don't have the holy spirit, you don't know Jesus and He doesn't know you, because He gives us the spirit as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come. It is our trademark.
Jesus Christ died that, that which the Father has promised those who believe in His name will be poured out on them, which is the holy spirit. The Father has poured out His spirit, and is at the door of every man's heart, knocking, but the question is, will you open? Only those who are willing to take up their cross everyday and deny themselves and follow Jesus will receive His spirit. Just as the holy spirit comes, so also a time is coming when he will leave this earth.
It's painful to know that the Holy spirit has been around, but only few seems to have notice of his presence, also it impossible for the world to accept him, because they don't know him. It is the handy work of the prince of this world actually. As long as the kingdom of darkness has been established on the earth for a short while, the prince of this world has the power and has staged and program this world, the activities of many with lots of distractions so that they can't have the spirit of the God in them.
It's up to us to decide which government well bend our will to. God is not forcing anyone, He gave us free will, we aren't robots, it's the requirements for Him to know those who are qualified to rule and reign with Him in His kingdom. whether you like it or not, no matter the multitude rushing into hell, still God will take more to His side, He's not a loser, that He'll lose a gamble the devil tried to play.
Just don't be among the ignorant. It's just like when a driver is driving on a bridge, and then he notice a safety sign saying; " bridge under construction," he won't drive on into his death, would he? only if he's foolish or has a death wish.
Our hearts has become so busy today that we don't have time for God, man has advanced so much in knowledge that they think don't need God Anymore, they can solve their problems on their own, we who are suffering in our defective and poverty ridden country, we also don't have time for him, we become so busy looking for money, looking for pleasures to kill away our pain only for a short while, forgetting that God word said;
" He has the time set for men and the exact place in which they shall stay, He did this so that all men will seek Him."
people don't go to churches again, on a Sunday you'll see people selling as if God is not the provider for them, and even we church goers, not born again, but church goers, we still patronize and encourage these people to sell on a Sunday by buying from them, if everybody decided not to buy on a Sunday, do you think you'd see any shop open, but funny enough, if it's a day of festival, all shops will be closed. We do seem to forget, that we should seek God first and all other things shall follow.
Jesus entered the temple and found people buying and selling. To put in Human understanding; the word of God ( Jesus ) has been moving to and fro looking for a free heart to rest, but when He comes to His temple which is your heart ( the spirit man ) will He find a place to dwell? Because our heart is the temple of God, when He comes and finds out you have turn it into a place of buying and selling, into a den of robbers, a heart full of sin, what do you think He would do, do you think He'll enter? You who have desecrated his temple. God said;
1 Corinthians 3:17
" If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple."
When are we going to let Jesus into our heart and ransack every buying and selling of sin and worldliness taking place therein? The devil has infiltrated so much and has turned the hearts of many into house of buying and selling, into a world trade center. He comes in with lots of merchandise for sale be it rage, anger, lust, lying, disobedience, drunkenness, and so on.
Most Christians today, I mean church goers think they're following Christ when they're not, they think going to church will automatically write their name in heaven, the devil has made their hearts busy with the things of the world, things like, the ungodly songs of the world, the unfruitful things they engage themselves into, spending too much time on businesses, education, irrelevant chatter with men, there are so many, anything that'll make you spend less or no time with your Creator. Jesus wants to come with the Father and make His home in our heart, but we just wouldn't free our heart, that's why we can't hear Him.
God created man for His pleasure and also for service, this is our main purpose on earth. How much time do we spend with God? have we ever picked our Bible? have we ever prayed? how often do you pray? because He said pray without ceasing, how often do you worship him, when he said;
"speak to one another in hymns, in psalms, making melodies in your heart."
This shows we should praise and talk to God always in our heart, even if we are having conversation with someone. If only we can obey what we hear. If we can praise God in our hearts when we are speaking to someone do you think you can insult someone or get angry, because you are conscious of yourself, you can't actually say thank you Jesus and you're insulting your neighbor at the same time, you can't actually worship him in your heart and at the same time plot evil or have grudges against someone.
Once our heart has become so busy, that we don't have time for God, then we can't pray and when you can't pray, the enemy strikes, not your flesh enemy, because we wrestle not against flesh. This is why we suffer today, we don't have time for God and when we are faced difficulties we complain that God is wicked when we are the ones who drove him away. That doesn't mean if you're born again you won't face trials and difficult, know that if you do, and you will, its only for your strengthening because God approves of it, just as he did Job.
A song writer wrote the song:
Don't allow the things of this world take you away from God's hands. Atlas you hear a voice saying " i know you not."
Let's examine our lives and pray that we shall be filled with the holy spirit, that the holy spirit should reign in our hearts and flush away every buying and a selling taking place therein, in Jesus name Amen!