03/04/2014 John 2:13-22
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple,
with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples
remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy
this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22When therefore
he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
For Passover, people from all over the world headed to Jerusalem
for the Passover. The sacrifice took place at the Temple in Jerusalem. Now, the Temple does not exist today, it was destroyed in A.D. 70. So the journey to Jerusalem for Passover ceased with the destruction of the Temple. But could
you imagine going to Jerusalem today, taking a lamb for the sacrifice. The lamb has to be without blemish, and you can buy two airline tickets to fly yourself and the lamb to Jerusalem. However, do you think the airline companies are going to let
you sit next to your lamb. The bathrooms are not designed for lambs and this could be a messy ordeal. Now think of a lot of people heading there with a lot of lambs. This is not going to work to good. Now you can ship the lambs on the
airline, but you can’t buy a seat ticket. You are going to have to feed this lamb and take care of it until the sacrifice, and most hotels will not allow lambs. Problem solution: set up a market (next to the Temple) to where you fly to Jerusalem
and then buy your lamb. Well, this is exactly what was going on. They had the market set up in the Temple instead of outside. The other thing going on besides the animal markets were the money-changers. You had to pay a Temple tax and
the tax was to be paid in the local currency. People coming from all over the world were bringing foreign currencies which the money-changers converted over to the local currency at a cost. Jesus had a problem with the Temple becoming a marketplace
full of commercialism. This is why Jesus turns the tables on the people who turned the Temple into a house of trade.
I pray: O Lord, help me to never make a mockery of your house. You are
my Lord and my Savior and it is easy to take things for granted or not to see things from your perspective. I don’t want to offend you, but I do a good job of it every time I sin. Please forgive me of all my trespasses. Amen.