Mark 11:15-17 - 15 When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves,16 and he stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace.[c] 17 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”[d]
Having triumphantly entered into Jerusalem, having cursed the fig tree and now having arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus enters the Temple to worship.
People from every nations were gathered in Jerusalem for the "Passover" celebration. A time of remembrance, worship and celebration for what God had done in delivering His people out of Egyptian bondage.
The night that God passed over every home where the first Passover was observed and the blood of the lamb was placed on the door posts of the homes of God's people.
At this annual 7 day of remembrance and celebration, every male Jew, from the age of twelve and up, was expected to attend the Passover at Jerusalem. According to the Law, two doves or pigeons were required to be offered in sacrifice unto God.
Having traveled far, many of the people would wait until they arrived in Jerusalem to purchase their choice of animal and or birds to be sacrificed.
After arriving in the temple at Jerusalem for worship at the Passover celebration, Jesus became very angry when He found men(merchants) sitting in the (gentile court-aka-outer court) selling sheep, cattles, oxens and doves and others at the tables exchanging money.
The problem was not the selling of the animals, but the fact that God's house had become a market place, which was not the purpose for it. It was suppose to be a house of prayer for God's people. But, instead it was a place of buying, selling and exchanging of coins.
Jesus made a whip of cords and drove the merchants and money changers out of the temple, along with their animals they were selling. He then poured out the changers money and overturned the tables.
Jesus spoke these words to them after having done what He did. Let’s listen to Jesus in vs#17- “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”[d
As we think about Jesus cleansing the temple, we should also be reminded that there is some other cleaning that needs to be done in all of us.
We are reminded in 1 Corinthians 2:16- Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
It is temple cleansing time! How about your temple? Is it being properly used? Does it need cleaning?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 -What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Now that you know that your body is a temple of the Lord, we are urged in this way by God through the Apostle Paul in Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
It is temple cleansing time! Are you ready to present your body to God for the purpose in which it was created?
In what condition is your "Temple"? Is it a place where God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit resides? Does your temple bring glory and honor to God? If not God, who does your temple bring glory to? Self, others or the world?
Who is receiving glory out of your life?
If your temple needs cleaning, Jesus is an expert at cleansing! He proved it to us in this text.
Jesus is the only one that can provide the cleansing we need. He is the only one who can give us the power through His Holy Spirit to live godly lives.
Having our temples cleanse is the start, but the process continues on only through the replacement of what is old with the newness of God's Word, prayer, faithfulness, praise, worship and His Holy Spirit.
Without these new items being placed in our temple, our condition can only worsen and our temple is very much likely to be defiled again by idols.
It is temple cleansing time! Are you ready?
God bless and I love you all.