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Matthew 21:12-17 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Praise, Not Understood.  Topics:  2 at end.

Jesus Cleanses the Temple
“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased, And said to him, Hear you what these say? And Jesus said to them, Yes; have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have perfected praise? And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.”  AKJV (Read these scriptures and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

Innocent children crying out “Hosanna”!  “Hosanna”!  Over and over.  “Hosanna to the son of David; . . .” How could this be displeasing to the chief priests and scribes?  These are just children being happy over someone they love, their Jesus.  Jesus must have felt especially loved that day, to be so greeted by all the children.

But how could this be displeasing to the religious leaders?
They simply did not understand.

The Jewish culture was build around the law and its ramifications and how to live under it.  God had given this law and its basic tents.  It was a well-structured and quite moral set of rules under which to live a moral life.  But it was time for a change.

Jesus Christ came to establish a different type of law, that of love.  The moral tenets of His law were imbedded in the heart.  But it was quite difficult for the Jewish leaders to understand this, and they were indeed threatened by this new approach to life even fearing for their own positions should this new person, Jesus, become effective with His beliefs and teachings.  Hence, they are irritated by children praising Jesus. 

God would not have needed to include anything about the attitude of the religions leaders, the attitude toward the delighted children.  But here, in His Word, He did.  And the end realization from it may be that the leaders just didn’t understand.  Jesus’ law of love was so different from the law of following rules that they just could not accept it.

But the children did, and this is where God provides a contrast.  As the scripture above tells us, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have perfected praise . . .”  Perfect praise from loving hearts.  Directed at Jesus. 

Lord, as Pro-LIFE persons on this site, please help us help others understand about this love of Jesus Christ, love for Jesus Christ, by children.  Help us help families see that it is because of love, not of law, that we stand for LIFE.  Help them want to bring their unexpected children into the world to praise out of their loving hearts.

Topics:  Pray for wisdom and to model Jesus’ love as we minister to those who need the law of love in their lives and that of their unborn.
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