I read with my kids last night of when Solomon began his reign. He had been given instructions by his father of certain individuals who would need to be dealt with at some point. Not to try and sound too crude and blunt, but Solomon came in and began to clean house.
In Mark's telling of this week so long ago it is stated that on Monday after Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus proceeded to go to the temple...and clean house. He didn't tiptoe around others, worried about what they might think of Him. He didn't whisper to a few people that what they were doing was not okay. He didn't just tell them to stop. He made them stop. He started flipping tables.
I think it is interesting that he overturned the benches of those "selling doves". I don't know about you, but when I see a dove mentioned I cannot help but relate it to the Holy Spirit. Was this a representation of trying to sell what only God can do? It makes me think of when the Simon the Sorcerer offered the disciples money in Acts, trying to buy the power of the Holy Spirit. He thought it could be bought; do some think it can be sold?
Sadly it is human nature to try and find what people like, what people want, what people will pay for...then package and sell it. The house of the Lord had in essence become like a marketplace. They had gone way past separating the holy from the unholy; they were trying to capitalize on it.
Lord, please enter my life and flip tables if that is what it takes to clean house in me. I pray that the church will remember that Your house is to be a house of prayer for all nations, not a house of commerce. May we be sold out to You, not sold out to this world. Help us to remember the difference between what is sacred and what is common, what is holy and what is unholy. Clean house, O Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
1 Kings 2