THE TEMPLE

It is now Monday. Jesus has made His entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. This was the time for the celebration of Passover. Thousands of worshipers were coming to the Temple to commemorate this event. It was custom to offer a sacrifice during this time of celebration. Often vendors would set up a place near the Temple to offer travelers the opportunity to change their foreign currency into local money and provide for the purchase of an animal for sacrifice. However, this honorable practice had changed. Greedy people had set up tables and booths, not only near the Temple but inside the Temple walls and within the Temple itself. They were charging exorbitant prices and cheating the people. Our normally portrayed meek and mild Jesus becomes angry and wild. It is recorded in the gospels that Jesus “cleared and cleansed” the Temple by turning over the tables and throwing out the dealers. Luke 20:45-46; “Then He entered the Temple area and began driving out those who were selling. ‘It is written, Jesus said to them, My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers.” Yes Jesus was angered by their actions and He reacted to defend what He called “My house.” Could this be a message from our Lord and Savior that He truly was the son of God? With this, the chief priest, the teachers of the law and many leaders continued plotting to kill Him.
Bill Davis