When Jesus enters the temple at both ends of His ministry – He drives out the moneychangers and dumps over their tables.
Since I am preaching on this passage Sunday, I am asking the Lord how this applies to our lives today.
I know that there is no real good argument to say that the modern day Church is “the Temple of the Most High.” The Bible never makes that connection. Oh, the Church has, for centuries, but the Bible never makes that connection.
It would be easy to say that Jesus cleansing the temple is a story teaching us that we should not sell stuff at Church. Maybe we should, maybe we shouldn’t, but that is not the proper application of this text.
Twice in John’s account there is reference to Father’s house – in both verse 16 and 17 – check it out:
and to those who were selling the doves He said, "Take these things away; stop making My Father's house a place of business." His disciples remembered that it was written, "ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME." - John 2:16-17 NASB
Paul makes the case for two applications of the Temple as a type in the New Covenant – The individual believer and gathering of believers. (Click here to see these scriptures.)
So I come to the question this passage asks of me today.
How do I allow moneychangers into the temple?
That begs another question:
Am I using different “currency” when I am at work or school or out at play, than I do around other Christians, during a home group discussion, or visiting with the Pastor? Do I have to clean up my act – change my language – the words I use – so that my Roman (worldly) currency doesn’t betray where (and how) I live?
Is my temple a marketplace so I can buy a lamb for the sacrifice instead of the pigs I’m raising at home? [Tweet This] Is my life so full of the unclean that I have to struggle to find something worthy to offer to the Lord?
Just a thought.
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See you again soon.
Hey – if you are in the NY-NJ area on Sunday June 1, 2014 – I will be preaching at Pascack Bible Church [181 Piermont Ave, Hillsdale, NJ] this Sunday. Services are at 9:00 AM and 10:45. I would love to meet you.