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Jesus Drives Out the Money Changers: Cleansing of His Father’s Temple

Jesus Clears the Temple

Matthew 21:12-17

12 Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. 13 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”[f]

14 The blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and he healed them. 15 The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.”

But the leaders were indignant. 16 They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”

16 “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’[g]

Matthew 20:16

17 Then he returned to Bethany, where he stayed overnight.

In Mark 12:40 and Luke 20:47 Jesus accused the Temple authorities of thieving and this time he names poor widows as their victims, going on to provide evidence of this in Mark 12:42 and Luke 21:2. Dove sellers were selling doves that were sacrificed by the poor who could not afford grander sacrifices and specifically by women. According to Mark 11:16, Jesus then put an embargo on people carrying any merchandise through the Temple—a sanction that would have disrupted all commerce.[3][6] This occurred in the outermost court of the gentiles.

Article from Wikipedia, Cleansing of the Temple

REFERENCES & REFLECTIONS

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleansing_of_the_Temple

[2] Jesus and the Money Changers (John 2:13-16) – Bible Odyssey

[3] https://catholicexchange.com/deeper-meaning-story-jesus-moneychangers

[4] Bethany https://www.gotquestions.org/Bethany-in-the-Bible.html

[5] https://www.seetheholyland.net/bethany/

[6] https://medium.com/ctliotta/a-den-of-thieves-and-a-fig-tree-905617073efe

[7] Why Jesus Opposed the Moneychangers in the Temple

[8]  The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary by Craig A. Evans2005 ISBN 0-7814-4228-1 page 49

[9] The Fourth Gospel And the Quest for Jesus by Paul N. Anderson 2006 ISBN 0-567-04394-0 page 158

[10] Quaker’s Wisdom http://laquaker.blogspot.com/2015/04/jesus-at-temple-widows-mite-money.html

[11] Women and widows in God’s Temple

Author: BibleOnMoney©2020 Kevin Hung

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life

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