Clearing the Temple a Second Time

Sunday, March 6, 2022

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He Kicked Over the Tables

12-14 Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up shop, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of loan sharks and the stalls of dove merchants. He quoted this text:

My house was designated a house of prayer;

You have made it a hangout for thieves.

Now there was room for the blind and crippled to get in. They came to Jesus and he healed them.

15-16 When the religious leaders saw the outrageous things he was doing and heard all the children running and shouting through the Temple, “Hosanna to David’s Son!” they were up in arms and took him to the task. “Do you hear what these children are saying?”

Jesus said, “Yes, I hear them. And haven’t you read in God’s Word, ‘From the mouths of children and babies I’ll furnish a place of praise’?”

17 Fed up, Jesus spun around and left the city for Bethany, where he spent the night.

-Matthew 21:12-17 The Message

Cleansing the Temple

Verse 12: And Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those who were selling and buying on the temple grounds, and He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who were selling doves.

Verse 12 study: This is the second time Jesus cleared the temple.

John 2:13-17: First Passover—Cleansing the Temple

13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And within the temple grounds He found those who were selling oxen, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 15 And He made a whip of cords, and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away from here; stop making My Father’s house a place of business!” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written: “Zeal for Your house will consume me.”

Merchants and moneychangers set up their booths in the court of the Gentiles in the temple, crowding out the Gentiles who came all over the world civilized to worship God. The merchants sold sacrificial animals for higher prices, taking advantage of those who came from all around the world. The moneychangers exchanged all international currency for the temple coins, which is the only money the merchants would accept. They took advantage of those who didn’t understand or know the exchange rates. Their commercialism in God’s house frustrated people’s attempts at worship. This made Jesus angry. Any practice that interferes with worshipping God should be stopped.

Verse 13: And He *said to them, “It is written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.”

Verse 14: And those who were blind and those who limped came to Him in the temple area, and He healed them.

Verse 15: But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant,

Verse 16: and they said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” And Jesus *said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘From the mouths of infants and nursing babies You have prepared praise for Yourself’?”

Verse 17: And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there