Friday of Second Week of Lent – March 6, 2015

Today’s Reading: John 2:13-25

“In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables”. – John 2:14-15

I grew up in a family with six siblings. Our parents had clear rules that we were to follow. And when we didn’t we would experience their anger by being punished. In our house this meant grounding. We were allowed to go to school, but that was it. Anything else was out.

Our parents weren’t being cruel; rather, they were showing their love for us in their vocation as our parents.

This is what Jesus was doing when He entered the temple and drove out those who had turned the temple into a place of business instead of a place of worship.

His anger does not arise from hatred; it springs from a love toward God who had founded His temple for the administration of His Word.

His anger also springs from a love for us. Love that ensures that God’s house is the place where we learn to properly worship God in the Divine Service as we confess our sins and hear Jesus pronounce His Absolution to us. It is the place where God’s Word is read and preached and His Sacraments are rightly administered.

God’s house is the place He has appointed to come to us in His love, mercy, and grace. Where he comes to actually give us the gifts He won through suffering the cross in our stead. Those gifts are nothing less than forgiveness, life, and salvation in His name alone!

Prayer: Were the realm of nature mine, That were a tribute far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all! (When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, LSB 425:4).

This devotion was written by Rev. Michael Musick, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Luzerne, IA. He also serves as the LCMS Hospital Chaplain at the University of Iowa Hospitals.

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