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Why did Jesus Cleanse the Temple ?

Why did Jesus Cleanse the Temple.

Jesus cleansed the temple as a sign of his authority and as a prophetic act to demonstrate the need for purity and true worship in the house of God. This event is narrated in all four Gospels, emphasizing its significance within Jesus’ ministry. Here are relevant Bible verses and three main takeaways from this incident:

Relevant Bible Verses

  1. Matthew 21:12-13 (ESV):
    “And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, ‘It is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer,” but you make it a den of robbers.’”
  2. Mark 11:15-17 (ESV):
    “And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. And he was teaching them and saying to them, ‘Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations”? But you have made it a den of robbers.’”
  3. Luke 19:45-46 (ESV):
    “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.’”
  4. John 2:13-16 (ESV):
    “The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 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. And he told those who sold the pigeons, ‘Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.’”

Three Main Takeaways

  1. Zeal for God’s House: Jesus’ actions in the temple demonstrate his deep reverence for the sanctity of God’s house. His zeal reflects a desire for worship and the temple practices to be conducted with purity and sincerity, free from commercial exploitation and corruption.
  2. Call to True Worship: By cleansing the temple, Jesus calls attention to the importance of true worship that honors God. The temple had become a place of commerce rather than prayer, and Jesus’ actions serve as a corrective to bring focus back to prayer and worship.
  3. Prophetic Act of Judgment and Renewal: Jesus’ cleansing of the temple serves as a prophetic act, signaling judgment against the corruption and misuse of religious practices. It also points to the coming new covenant, where worship would not be confined to a physical temple but would be in spirit and truth (John 4:21-24).

Jesus’ cleansing of the temple underscores the need for purity, sincerity, and true worship in our relationship with God. It challenges believers to examine their practices and to ensure that their worship is genuine, honoring God not just in form but in heart and spirit.

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  • Greg Gaines

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