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Temple Cleansing

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  1. Temple Cleansing Lessons from Jesus’ Cleansing the Temple

  2. Jesus Cleansing the Temple • When did this take place? Jesus’ first Passover of his ministry (John 2:13-17). Also, Jesus’ last Passover of his ministry (Mt. 21:12-13; Mk. 11:15-17; Lk. 19:45-46). • There would have been a large amount of Jews in Jerusalem at this time (Deut. 16:5-6,16), which would explain the temple business practices and Jesus’ impact on the crowd (Mal. 3:1-3).

  3. Jesus Cleansing the Temple • Where did this take place? Somewhere in the temple complex (Gr. hieron), probably the court of the Gentiles.

  4. Jesus Cleansing the Temple • What was the basic problem? Jesus was not opposed to business practices per se. He was opposed to the Jews turning a place of worship into a “house of merchandise” (Gr. emporiou, emporium). • Buying and selling lambs and oxen for the sacrifices & feast (Num. 28:16-25) • Moneychangers to convert Roman currency into Jewish currency for the temple tax (Ex. 30:11-16; Mt. 17:24; cf. the two different Gr. words)

  5. Jesus Cleansing the Temple • Why did Jesus act the way he did? Blatant misconduct called for drastic measures. The “Father’s house” (Lk. 2:49) was being desecrated and misused. • There was worship with animals but without reverence and holiness (Isa. 1:11-17; Jer. 7:22; Hos. 5:6; 8:13) • God’s house was to be for “all nations,” but the court of Gentiles (nations) was filled with the noise of business, not worship

  6. Temple Cleansing Today • Does the “temple” of our body need cleansing (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)? • Individual Christians sometimes need cleansing from sin (Jas. 4:7-10) • Their mind & body has been polluted with drugs, alcohol, smoking, pornography, profanity, etc. (Mt. 6:23; Phil. 4:8)

  7. Temple Cleansing Today • Does the “temple” of the local church need cleansing (Eph. 2:21; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:16)? • Local churches sometimes need cleansing from worldly influences (1 Cor. 5:7; 2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:1) • Denominational doctrines, fellowshipping sin, unauthorized practices, etc.

  8. Jesus’ Work of Cleansing • Jesus came to cleanse mankind of their sin (Mt. 3:12; Lk. 11:41; Jn. 15:3; Tit. 2:14; Heb. 1:3) • Jesus’ blood cleanses mankind from sin (Acts 15:9; Eph. 5:26; Heb. 9:14; 10:22; 1 Jn. 1:7,9) • Only those who are cleansed enter into heaven’s temple (Rev. 7:5; 19:8,14) • We must never forget that we have been cleansed (2 Pet. 1:9)

  9. What is Needed Today? • What is needed to cleanse the temple of God’s people today. We need the same attitude and example of Jesus! • We need his fervent zeal: “Zeal for thy house…” (Jn. 2:17; Psa. 69:9) • We need his spiritual focus: “A house of prayer…” (Mt. 21:13; Isa. 56:7) • We need his honest sincerity: “A den of robbers…” (Mt. 21:13; Jer. 7:1-11)