Devo The Church Part 9
Mark 11:15-18 (NIV)
15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?’But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
Here we are the week before Jesus is crucified. He goes in and cleanses the Temple and drives the money changers out. He says my house shall be a house of prayer, but for prayer to be heard from on high we must be cleansed, righteous and Holy. Jesus then dies on the cross and becomes sin and the curse for us, so we may be righteous as He is righteous. Then God will hear our prayers. Prayer must be mixed with the fire from His alter the cleanses us. (Lev. 10) Nadab and Abihu offered up incense with unauthorized fire, fire from their own camps to God. Incense represented prayer, but it had to be mixed with fire from the altar of God not man. No form of Godliness which is witchcraft to God, but His fire. Jesus cleansed the temple with His blood and fire. He came to baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost. Aaron took His censer with incense and fire from the altar and stood between the living and the dead and it stopped the curse. We are God’s house and Jesus must cleanse our temple and make us righteous, so our prayers will be heard and answered. Then we can stand between the living and the dead and bring many sons to glory.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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