A Holy Place
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A Holy Place
By Lois Parker Edstrom
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When Jesus lived on earth he went to the temple. The temple was a very holy place where people worshipped God. In the temple he “found in the temple those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves” (2:14). He drove the people and the animals out of the temple.
Why do you think he did that? The Bible tells us that he said, “Take these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace!” (2:16). He wanted the people to respect the temple as a place where God is honored.
Our church can be thought of in that way; as a place where God is honored. What are some of the ways we can show respect for our church? Yes, by keeping it clean. We respect the church by making sure it is not damaged in anyway. We respect the church by behaving in a way that pleases God.
In this Bible story Jesus also talked about his body being the temple of God. In the same way God’s Spirit lives in us and we can think of our bodies as temples that honor God. The ways we show respect for our church are the same ways each one of us can show respect for our bodies.
Take care of your body; keep it clean and healthy, and let your behavior be pleasing to God.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan