He Kicked Over the Tables
12-14 Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up shop, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of loan sharks and the stalls of dove merchants. He quoted this text:
My house was designated a house of prayer;
You have made it a hangout for thieves.
Now there was room for the blind and crippled to get in. They came to Jesus and he healed them.
15-16 When the religious leaders saw the outrageous things he was doing, and heard all the children running and shouting through the Temple, “Hosanna to David’s Son!” they were up in arms and took him to task. “Do you hear what these children are saying?”
Jesus said, “Yes, I hear them. And haven’t you read in God’s Word, ‘From the mouths of children and babies I’ll furnish a place of praise’?”
Matthew 21:12-16 – The Message (MSG)
Jesus went to the State House to take back what had been stolen from the people. He threw out everyone who had set up shop there, buying privileges that took resources out of the pockets of the poor and put them into the profits of the powerful. He kicked over the tables of the payday loan sharks that were robing the poor and drove out the people who thought worship was about making money.
Jesus said, “The State House is a house of reconciliation and restorative justice, not a hangout for thieves and liars.” When Jesus finished his work, a new policy was in place that made room for all the sick to have health care, the poor worker a living wage, all children access to world class education, and all families living in affordable housing with quality public transportation. Everybody had equal protection under the law. The beauty of it all is that Jesus listened to the needs of the children. The house of compassion and justice that Jesus created is such a power of joy for the children that they broke out into shouts of praise to God.
Let’s join Jesus and go straight to the state capitol and state house and take back what the Governor and the Legislators have stolen from us!
Its time to wake up Alabama! Its time for a moral movement in Alabama that takes as its focus the needs of the poor and marginalized, the fundamental moral frame of the Bible!
R. Lawton Higgs, Sr.