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Jesus does WONDERFUL things.
Children shout praises to Jesus.
But these things are not supposed to happen in church! At this time in history, the blind and lame were not allowed past the outer courts. They weren't invited to feasts. They were "avoided."
Jesus acts counter-culturally.
Children weren't of much value - they certainly don't interrupt important church procedure.
Jesus moves in an unexpected way. He involves those who are typically avoided-excluded. He ministers. He moves among them.
They are indignant. What they see grips their mind, never their heart, and they stand in judgement of the way Jesus is moving among them. They take on the role of judge and become grieved at the break in cultural protocol, they become resentful and indignant.
They do not worship.
They are offended by this unexpected movement of Jesus.
What about me?
Help me worship you, Jesus, more than my traditions, more than the status quo, more than my comfort levels. When you move in unexpected ways may I be on the front line with the children, shouting your praises, rather than indignantly observing that which is not expected.
Musings from Matthew 21:14-17
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