Jesus is upset. Jesus let’s the religious elites know it.
It just isn’t right turning God’s holy temple into the “Mall of God”.
What are our religious leaders doing at church these days. Some are doing the same. You can’t get to the sanctuary with passing through the food court, the book store, the kiosks hawking religious trinkets.
What would Jesus say and do? What does Jesus challenge me to do?
I need to be careful. Am I complicit in all of this?
Going into the Temple he began to throw out everyone who had set up shop, selling everything and anything. He said, “It’s written in Scripture, My house is a house of prayer; You have turned it into a religious bazaar.” | Luke 19:45-46 (The Message Bible)
When Jesus cleared the temple of the moneychangers and animal-sellers, He showed great emotion (Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; John 2:13-22). Jesus’ emotion was described as “zeal” for God’s house (John 2:17). His zeal was pure and completely justified because at its root was concern for God’s holiness and worship. Because these were at stake, Jesus took quick and decisive action.
Another time Jesus showed zeal was in the synagogue of Capernaum. When the Pharisees refused to answer Jesus’ questions, “He looked around at them in indignation, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts” (Mark 3:5).