“He went into the temple complex and began to throw out those who were selling, and He said, “It is written, My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves!”
Every day He was teaching in the temple complex. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people were looking for a way to destroy Him, but they could not find a way to do it, because all the people were captivated by what they heard.” (Luke 19:45-48)
Most people know these verses for the cleansing of the Temple which Jesus did during his last week before His crucifixion. That is important because the temple was where worship was supposed to take place but there were money changers and others that were taking advantage of people and pushing out real worship taking place.
But look at the next couple of verses. Jesus that last week would spend every day teaching in the temple. And while this didn’t please the chief priests and scribes, the people gathered daily to hear Jesus teach. They crowds were “captivated by what they heard.” We should have that kind of heart and desire. We should be people that are drawn to hear what Jesus has to say to us every day through our time reading Scripture, through our prayer time, through times throughout the day that the Holy Spirit speaks to us.
This week, let us desire to have hearts like that. Let us be like the crowd that gathered to hear Jesus teach in the temple. Let us be a people that are captivated by what we hear from the Lord.