Holy Monday

Ecclesiastes 8:8–15, Psalm 51, Mark 11:12–18

When the writer of Ecclesiastes notes that no one has authority over the wind, he had no concept of the wind generation farms we have. We may have harnessed the wind to provide for us, but we have no authority over it. We put the wind farms where the wind goes. We don’t build our wind farms and tell the wind where to go. The writer of Ecclesiastes, though, is really referring to the rich and ful who as if they have all the control and . Often we play right into the hands of the ful, just as the ful do for each other. As the writer of Ecclesiastes notes, the rich and ful people go in and out of the with people praig them. Because of how the rich and ful got there, all their praise and worship is absolutely nothing.

The Psalmist speaks to the reality of this empty praise when he writes about God not wanting sacrifice or burnt offerings, but humble people. The rich and ful praised on their way back from the were (generally) not there for worship.

When comes and clears the , the rich and ful have set up a system that keeps people from praig God as prescribed. Think of tourist traps. The burger might cost $15 there, but $6 at home. That is what is going on in the . When accuses the priests and moneychangers of being thieves, it is because they have added on a huge cost that negatively affected people. They filled the courts with something that didn’t belong.

Are you expecting or something that doesn’t belong in the courts of the house of God?
1) People leave (or go to) es for reasons that often have nothing to do with God. Have you ever done so?

2) What things do you think should be cleared out of ? Now, is it because it ually is a barrier between people and God, or is it because it is something that you are not familiar or comfortable with?

3) Do you think the ful ed anything from s in the ? Why or why not?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.