45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.Luke 19:45-48
Consider going to a shopping mall to experience today’s journey, or just imagine the commotion that permeates the halls of the temple of consumerism. There are alluring advertisements everywhere you look in the malls of America. Now, imagine this is the entryway to the Temple. Instead of being ushered into a quiet time of meditation the visitors were accosted with people exchanging Roman coins for Temple coins to pay taxes and contribute to the Temple itself. Small doves and pigeons were being sold for thank offerings from the new parents of Israel, while the hallways were lined with sheep and oxen for sale and sacrifice.
When Jesus entered the Temple, he burned with righteous anger. He formed a whip that he wielded with authority driving the livestock out. He overturned the tables of the money changers and restored the Temple to the house of prayer that it was created to be.
Why do you think Jesus was so angry? How can convenience or consumerism rob you of the joy of prayer and communion with God?
And read The 11th Day of Nissan – Yahshua Throws Out The Money Changers for a more in-depth look.