Cleansing the Temple A Time When Jesus Appears to Be More than Annoyed About Something




As we remember Holy Week today, we remember Christ's Triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the cursing of the fig tree, the cleansing of the temple and being set-up by His enemies.

The cleansing of the temple is one of three times Jesus appears to be more than annoyed about something! I'll focus on cleansing the temple for this post but feel free to leave your thoughts on the other two times in comments.

In the text we see Jesus entering the temple and driving out all who sold and bought in the temple, He overturned the money-changers tables and the seats of those who sold pigeons.(Matthew 21:12)

After doing that He healed the blind and the lame. Why weren't the priests and teachers healing them?  They were too busy buying and selling. The temple had become a religious marketplace.

The priests and teachers (keepers of the Holy text) were becoming rich off those they were supposed to serve.

This reminds of God's words to the greedy shepherds in the book of Ezekiel “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord GOD: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep?

You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep.

The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.

So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered;(Ezekiel 34:2-5)

Then God says to the Shepherds, "Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them." (Ezekiel 34:10)

Are there churches today that are not strengthening the weak (mentally or physically)? Do we have churches today that are not seeking the lost? Do we have churches today that are ruling over their members with harshness?

Let's pray for leaders and churches that God's house will be used for what it was designed to do.

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