We continue exploring Jesus’ foretelling of the destruction of the temple in Luke 21, this time with an eye toward the cautionary tale it contains for our societal institutions, religious systems, and church organizations.
Luke 19:45-48 – “Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, ‘It is written, “My house shall be a house of prayer”; but you have made it a den of robbers.” Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him.”
Luke 20:46-47: “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect… they devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
Luke 21:1-4 – “He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’”
Luke 21:5-6 – “When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’”