Suggested Readings: Isaiah 56:1-8 and Luke 19:41-48.
In today's #HolyWeekWithJesus readings, Jesus asserted his authority by throwing out anyone and everyone who was doing business inside the temple complex. The Jewish leaders were less than impressed with the display of power.
But I'm moved by the depth of the emotions he showed that day. He wept over the city. He was furious with those who would take advantage of his people. And he did something about it.
It infuriated the authorities, because they could see what was really happening. Jesus was acting like he had the right to question the machine. He had the audacity to call them out, and they were NOT pleased.
It's here on Holy Monday that the trickles of unease start to swell. Jesus was a problem that needed to be fixed, but as long as the people flocked to hear him teach, there was nothing the temple authorities could do about it. They didn't want to make a scene. So, they bided their time. They plotted. They planned. And they waited.
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