Master to Messiah Day 3
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Jesus Clears the Temple Courts It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”
But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.”
“All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
“What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body. After he was raised
from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.
Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart
Jesus calls His first disciples, and then begins the 68 mile trek to Jerusalem for Passover. Immediately upon His arrival in Jerusalem, Jesus fulfills what is prophesied in Malachi 3:2-3 by purging the temple. “He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold and silver.” Jesus demonstrates that the time has now come for reform and purging. Corrupt money changing and stealing from the poor desecrates the holy Jewish temple. Jesus attacks this behavior in righteous anger, demanding that God’s temple be kept holy and a place for prayer.
As Peter watches Jesus overturn the tables and clear out the temple, so many thoughts must run through his mind. One message we know for sure that Jesus is communicating is that He will not stand for sin. Jesus demands respect of God’s things and godly behavior.
When Jesus calls us to follow Him and be a fisher of men, He asks certain things of us. As we follow Jesus, we must continue to become more like Him. The clearing of the Temple is a great picture for us today. Jesus comes into our lives, and cleans out the things that keep us from having a close relationship with Him.
Ask God to show you what areas in your life need to be “cleaned out”.
- How do you think Peter felt as he watched Jesus driving all the animals and people out of the temple?
- Describe a meaningful and/or painful experience where God has cleaned out something in your life.