Dramatic Measures

When Jesus "cleansed the temple", he went to dramatic measures to communicate the seriousness of the issue. People were supposed to go to the temple with their animals to present as an offering. The priests would take it and slaughter the animals to atone for sins. The "business-minded" capitalized on the situation by even unfairly profitting off the temple "exchange rate" and the selling of animals immediately adjacent to the temple.

2008.04.27 Songs
Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall
Not to Us – Chris Tomlin
Mercy of My God (Let Me Be) – Caedmon’s Call
I Will Offer Up My Life – Matt Redman

This degree of blindness warranted Jesus’ dramatic measures in hopes to wake them up, so that they could open their eyes and see what they were doing.

There are times when God has used dramatic means to get me to wake up, to open my eyes to my own blindness, to show me that who I think and feel I am doesn’t really reflect reality, doesn’t reflect the truth.  Christians are a people who has been "brought out of darkness into his wonderful light".  Light exposes what’s hidden in darkness, the truth laid bare for all to see.  Sometimes that’s not a pretty picture, but it’s the truth nonetheless.  Welcoming light into our lives needs to be a priority because God is a God of truth.  I need to accept the truth understanding that the means by which it is delivered are methods God has deemed necessary to awaken me, especially if the darkness is my own blindess.

I want to be open and humble, to hear whatever God has to speak to me through his word, reveal any truth I’m hiding in the darkness of my own blindness, that I might offer up something glorifying to Him.

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