Jesus Cleanses The Temple

First cleansing of the temple in Jerusalem

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John 2:8-11 Master of the Feast
John 2:12 Capernaum
John 2:13 Passover

John 2:14-25 Jesus Cleanses the Temple

JOHN 2:14-22  14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!" 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up." 18 So the Jews answered and said to Him, "What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?" 19 Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." 20 Then the Jews said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?" 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

What are the money-changers doing in the temple, and why did the "Jews" object in John 2:18?
At first, people brought their own animals and the priests inspected them to make sure that they weren't sick before sacrificing them. Fast forward a few hundred years and the priests were telling the people to leave their animals at home and instead just come and buy animals at the temple to sacrifice. But there was a catch. Since priests couldn't touch coins that bore the Caesar’s image, the people first had to change their money, for a fee of course, into a special temple money. So the priests were making money twice - the currency exchange and the sale of animals - on each person and didn’t appreciate Jesus crimping their business.

Does anything like this ever happen today?
It happens in every religious organization in which the leaders live in luxury from the monies collected for God's work around the world. The tactics may have changed but profiteering in the name of God hasn't.

Where does the Bible say the judgment will begin?
According to 1 Peter 4:17, "house of God."

What’s peculiar about what the Jews said in verse 18?
They actually are not saying that what Jesus did is bad. They are simply asking him to prove his authority to do it.

What does Jesus say in response?
His resurrection will prove who He is. The resurrection of Jesus confirms His deity. If there had been no resurrection, Christianity is one big waste of time.

JOHN 2:23-25  23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.

From this passage, did Jesus do miracles after all?
Yes, as per John 2:23, but at his time and place.

Why didn’t Jesus commit to them if they believed in His name?
They believed in His name as that of a healer, but they didn’t see the healings as the sign of His deity. Jesus knew that those who desired and believe in just the miracles will not truly believe Him for who He is. He doesn’t want people who just wants a genie who grants them their wish. He wants people who want to have an intimate, personal relationship with Him for who He is - our Creator - and for what He already did for us 2,000 years ago.

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