6 Steps to a Joyful House of Prayer

Money. Taxes. Noise. Busy days. A challenge today. A challenge in Jesus’ day.

Each year, men paid an annual temple tax equal to two days’ wages. The tax could only be paid with temple currency. In the outer courts of the temple, money-changers exchanged everyday money for the temple currency. They charged high fees.

Merchants also sold approved sacrificial animals at inflated prices.

Baahing sheep. Cooing pigeons. Talking merchants. Unceasing commotion.

The outer courts of the temple were the only areas that the Gentiles could worship and pray. The outer courts where the animals were. The outer courts where the money exchanging was taking place.

Imagine worshipping and praying in the hub-bub of a farmer’s market.

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Days to Live … Jesus Watched

Widow’s Mite by James Joseph Jacques Tissot, Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum

Have you wondered what you would do if you knew that you had days to live? What would be your priorities?

Jesus knew that His time had come. His eyes were focused on the cross. But He had so much to do, to teach, to heal, to love during His last days.

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