Did You Know?

Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.




Monday - Four days. Wow!  Who knew this week leading up to the Passover would be so eventful!  Today at the Temple was unlike anything seen before.  That strange man, Jesus, He upset the entire dynamic in the Temple today!



Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48John 2:13-22


On His way into Jerusalem that morning, Jesus cursed a fig tree for not producing fruit.  At that time of year, fig trees were full of leaves, but did not yet produce fruit.  So why curse the tree?  Jesus used it as a visual parable for His disciples.  The tree represented Israel.  Outwardly, Israel looked healthy, like the tree with lots of leaves.  Also like the tree, Israel lacked fruit.  Rituals and traditions had taken the place of heartfelt worship.


Upon arriving in Jerusalem, Jesus again went to the temple.  It was bustling with activity.  People coming from out of town needed to buy animals for sacrifice.  They could buy the animals outside of the temple walls for a lesser cost, but they risked the animal being rejected by the priests.  Buying inside the temple, at a much higher cost, was safer.


At Passover, the Temple required the people to pay a tax.  It could not, however, be paid in the coin of the day, rather it had to be paid in temple gold.  For a price, money could be changed into temple gold. 


The temple occupied a large portion of the city, and the outer court was being used as a shortcut through the city by many.  Going around the temple walls took much longer than going through the temple.  The outer court of temple, which was to be used as worship by the Gentiles, had become a bazaar.


Jesus, who had observed these actions the previous day, sprang into action.  He upended tables and benches.  Money was scattered everywhere.  Sheep were bleating, birds were cooing, attempting to get away.  Jesus, with a whip made out of cords, drove the animals and their sellers from the temple courtyard.  No more would the temple courtyard be used as a thoroughfare!


Mark records Jesus saying "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations'" (emphasis added, Mark 11:17, NIV; Isaiah 56:7).  This seems to be foreshadowing the day when all will be able to enter the temple and worship, even the Gentiles.  Until then, by clearing the temple, He has not only restored His Father's house to one of respect, but also ensured that the Gentiles, who many leading Jews looked down upon, would have a quiet place to worship the Lord.  Once again, Jesus demonstrated that He came not only for the Jews, but for all mankind.



Jesus may have entered Jerusalem as a King, but that feeling among the people would not last.  Before He is betrayed, there were lessons the disciples needed to learn and lessons the people needed to learn.  The time was coming when all would be able to worship the Lord as equals, yet that time had not yet come.  Until then, the Gentiles still need a place to worship.


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