Phew! I made it! My goal was to run at least 70 miles for the week and today I ran a 10k, which put me at 70.9 total miles for the week.
I started with a nice 3.1 with Jodi at around a 10:00 per mile pace. Then she stopped after the 5k (because she is smart) and I kept going so that I could reach my goal. Once I was flying solo, I dropped it down to around an 8:00 per mile pace (or a little faster). It felt good to let my legs run a little bit -especially after that nice warm-up.
During the last mile my left thigh started to tighten up a bit. I hope that will not turn into a problem. As for now I am just thinking it was mostly weather related. It was a HOT run! My shirt was drenched with sweat by the end. It was a really muggy afternoon and it felt like it could start raining at any moment (I really wish it would have… that would have felt a lot better).
Overall it was a good run. I ran 6.2 miles at an overall average pace of 8:46 per mile. My total running time was 54 minutes and 34 seconds.
As for the daily Bible reading, I am probably being influenced by the weekend at Wayumi, but the end of Luke 19 is what most stuck out to me.
And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.” – Luke 19:45-46
Last night (or more accurately, this morning) we got home from Pennsylvania, where we were leading worship for the Wayumi Youth Day event, and I mentioned in my blog that I planned to get up and go to church because it is important.
I did get up and go to church, and I do believe it is important. I believe that we should NOT forsake the meeting together (see Hebrews 10:25). However, I am not going to pretend that all of the meeting together is good and right and godly.
I wish it were, but it’s not always.
Just because a building has a sign that says “church” on it, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a thriving, Bible-preaching, Gospel-advancing, Christ-honoring group of people who are meeting there. I wish it did, but it doesn’t. I have found this out first-hand on too many occasions.
I am a firm believer that every follower of Christ should find a thriving, Bible-preaching, Gospel-advancing, Christ-honoring church to plug in to and be a part of. I am also a firm believer that sometimes tables need to be tossed in places where people claim to follow God but adapt ways of doing things that look nothing like Him.
This is apparently what Jesus was thinking, as well.
So he enters the temple with a handmade whip and starts flipping the money-changers’ tables while quoting scripture. What an awesome scene! He means business!
Why did he quote Isaiah 56 while turning the temple tables upside-down? How does that even fit in? Here is a fuller version of the portion of Isaiah that Jesus quoted from:
“And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,
and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.”
The Lord GOD,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
besides those already gathered.” -Isaiah 56:6-8
It appears from the text that Jesus was quoting that he was most upset about how the Jewish leaders were excluding the foreigners and outcasts.
The money tables were set up in what was called “the court of the Gentiles”, which is where the non-Jewish people would meet to worship God. But seeing an opportunity to make money, the Jewish leaders allowed money tables to be set up in that court, filling the space, and making it so there was no place for the Gentiles (or non-Jews).
Sure, Jesus was likely upset about the opportunistic price-gauging and greed that was taking place, but the biggest issue is that the religious leaders were actually keeping people FROM coming to God, rather than actively sharing the love of Christ WITH them.
So… he made a little room. He drove out the money-changers, flipped the tables, and effectively opened up more space so that the Gentiles could draw near to God once again.
Well, as I fellow Gentile, I can honestly say that I am incredibly thankful that Jesus made it possible for me to come to God. I hope that I am never guilty of making it difficult for others to come to Him, as well.