Week 16, Day 1: Upset about What Upsets God

        Jesus was greatly upset when He approached the temple and found the Court of the Gentiles blocked by a bizarre. A bizarre? In essence, yes. Pens holding all kinds of animals crowded the hallways because the people coming to the temple needed them for the purpose of the sacrifices.  Tables for the money changers took up even more space, especially during the Passover, the biggest religious celebration of the year, so the temple was really crowded. People from many different nations converged onJerusalemand they needed to exchange their foreign money to buy the animals to have for the sacrifices. Unfortunately, the buying and money changing had become more important than the purpose of the temple itself, so Jesus was upset.

        As the disciples watched, Jesus “made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” Then Jesus spoke directly to some of the sellers saying, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” John 2:15-16 (NIV). Being good students of the Scriptures, as the disciples watched this scene, they were reminded of a verse from Psalm 69:9 which says, “For zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me” (NIV). Jesus’ righteous indignation burned because it upset God that people were being blocked from getting to Him in worship.

        Are we upset by the things that upset God? Do we even know what upsets God? And then once we discover what upsets God, do we fix it in ourselves before we’re so fast to fix it in others? For starters, Proverbs 6:16-19 lays out 7 things are detestable to God:

1. A proud, haughty (arrogant) look

2. A lying tongue

3. Hands that shed innocent blood

4. A heart that devises wicked plans or plots evil

5. Feet swift to run to mischief, that race to do wrong

6. A false witness that speaks lies

7. He that sows discord or stirs up dissension among the brethren (NIV and NLT)

          This week and next week, we’ll explore these things God hates and see if we’re as upset about them as He is.

Prayer of Adoration: God, I honor You for Your consistency. You have made clear to me what you like and what You despise. Your holiness is awesome.

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on April 20, 2012.

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