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Jesus Claims You!

Luke 19:45-48 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus at the Temple

45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’[a]; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[b]” 47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words. Saturday, August 29 Luke 19:45-48 In Luke’s version of this “lived parable” the religious leaders are portrayed as a scheming group who care more about what people think about them than God. But the difference between what Luke calls “the people” and their leaders, the “chief priests and the scribes and the principal men,” is that the people are “hanging on” to the words of Jesus while the leaders are trying to stop him from speaking at all. The issue is not merely a different “teaching.” If Jesus was simply a new teacher of the Jewish law they would not have been that upset. There were all sorts of religious teachers who disagreed and debated all the time. The words of Jesus were totally different. He was "teaching" that HE was God. This is why he said, "My house shall be a house of prayer." Jesus has come to claim what is his: us.

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