As we prepare for Easter Sunday, I want you to journey through the last week of Jesus’ pre-resurrected life.
On Monday, Jesus cleared the Temple of merchants and currency exchangers (Mark 11:15-17).
Jesus became angry when he saw how merchants were taking advantage of the Passover holiday to overcharge out of town visitors for sacrificial animals, and inflate the exchange rate for the temple currency. It was blatant extortion.
If Jesus was to look into your heart today (“The Temple”), would he be angry? Has Christianity become something in your life that God never intended it to be?
Let Jesus clear out “the temple” in your life today. As he overturns tables of pride and insincerity, fall in love again with who He is. Simple devotion to the son of God is the essence of Christianity. Nothing else matters more.
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Thanks for your insight Doug! Good stuff.
Jesus’ casting out of the money changers and merchants because they were taking advantage of the Passover holiday to overcharge out of town visitors for sacrificial animals, and an inflate the exchange rate for temple currency. This is only part of the reason he cast them out from the statement about “den of thieves” in Jeremiah 7:11.
It was not only a matter of what they were doing, rather “where” they were doing it.
Notice verse 11:15. Jesus only cast out those who bought and sold “in the temple”. In verse 17 Jesus quotes Isaiah 56:7. The temple had an area set aside for foreigners in according with this verse and it was here that they had set up shop which was an abomination.