When Jesus Clears The Temple
Updated: Apr 13, 2020
Before the final days of the crucifixion, Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. When Jesus entered the temple, he was disgusted at the site He beheld. Money changers were buying and selling merchandise and business was booming.
Disgusted at the site, He braided a whip and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves (Matthew 21:12-17). He yelled out in a loud voice saying, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all Nations, but you have made into a den of thieves!”
God had ordained the temple to be a sacred and Holy sanctuary. It was to be a place for the nations to pray and worship the Lord. With zeal for His fathers house burning in His heart (John 2:17), the Lord Jesus singlehandedly drove out all the corruption that had become commonly accepted in the house of God.
Friends, I am burdened with a message heavy on my heart and feel very compelled to to share it. The message is this… In the same way that Jesus came and cleansed the temple of the robbery and thievery taking place in Matthew 21:12-17, He will do it again in our day. He will do it in the Body of Christ before His return. Peter wrote, “For the time has come for Judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17)
When Jesus clears the temple, all those who are making merchandise of the gospel will be exposed. In the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit had just been poured out and great signs and wonders were happening everywhere by the hands of the apostles. Then, we read about Simon the Sorcerer.
Simon was a man who had amazed the people for some time by his sorcery. Some people even called him “The Great Power of God.” Simon was converted to the faith when Philip came and preached the gospel in his region of Samaria. After being baptized by Philip, Simon followed him and was amazed at the great miracles he witnessed. As the apostles heard that Samaria was receiving the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them so that they might pray for them to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
When Simon saw the Holy Spirit given by the laying on of hands, he offered the apostles money so that he to could also have this great power. But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.”
Does this sound familiar to you when you look at some of the teaching in the church today? Men are convincing people they can buy the blessings of God by sowing ‘seeds’ of faith or better known as ‘money seeds’. Instead of biblically sowing into a ministry because it is a great spiritual blessing, ministers are manipulating people to give money promising great riches in return. When in reality it is filling their own pocket books.
There are many examples like this in scripture so there is no doubt about the Lords thoughts on this matter. We read in the book of Jude about men who “Have gone in the way of Cain and run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, who perish in the rebellion of Korah.”
In 1 Timothy 6:5, Paul warned Timothy to withdraw himself from men who use godliness as a means for gain. He told Timothy to closely follow that manner of doctrine that he had been taught, that godliness with contentment is great gain.
Jesus is preparing to come for His bride. Just as He cleared the temple in the days of the bible, He will now cleanse the church to His first intention. The scripture says in Ephesians 5:25-27, “Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify her and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish."
Friends, the Lord will clear His church of such spots and blemishes. Peter explained to Simon that he would perish with his money unless he repented because the intentions of his heart was not pure toward God. Let us search our hearts and ask the Lord if there are any such motives for personal gain, any love for the world and the things in it. God is gracious and merciful to help turn us from such a thing.
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