In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at the tables exchanging money. So He made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their table. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of Here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” – John 2:14-16
Jesus responds with righteous indignation to the people who had come in and defiled the temple. It wasn’t even so much the buying and selling as it was the cheating and degradation of what the temple stood for that was the issue here. People were buying and selling forgiveness; telling people their doves weren’t good enough for sacrifice so you have to buy one of ours. Or telling people your money isn’t good enough you have to exchange it for our, for a price of course. It was the sin in the place, that bothered Jesus so.
But if we go down just a bit we find that Jesus says, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” (Speaking of His body, John 2:19) See it wasn’t about the Temple itself, it was about the sin that was in the temple that made Jesus angry. It is the same with our bodies now, which are the temple, how do we treat them? Do I fill mine with righteousness and grace or is it the sin which fills me up?
God wants us to be filled with joy and peace and love, but the only way to do that is to treat the temple, the body, as Holy Ground. Treat ourselves right by not filling it with much sin, but instead with the things that are righteous and good, like the Word and prayer. Like being kind to one another and showing mercy and grace.
It is a good day to clean out our temples. It is time to allow Jesus in with his whip and table tossing. Let’s get serious about clearing out the temple and allowing room for God and His righteousness to enter. Let Jesus drive out the junk and let God fill it with peace and mercy.
God be With You All,