Jesus Cleansing The Temple

Jesus was known for meekness and humility so, to think that Jesus also got angry may surprise us.  But, the scripture says that Jesus indeed got angry when He saw a carnival-like atmosphere in the Temple.  What led to this type of environment?

A. part of Passover involved a sacrifice.  Many Jewish pilgrims came to Jerusalem and some brought their own lamb.  There were people at the temple who were in charge of inspecting the lambs.  And, in order to make a profit they would find something wrong with the animals the pilgrims brought.  Jesus saw this atmosphere and made Him angry.

The Bible says He drove the people out who were selling animals for sacrifices then, Jesus said, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned into a den of thieves.”

What was all this about and why did Jesus get angry?  It was because of the carnival atmosphere in the Temple.  The Temple was originally built to be a place of reverent worship but it had been turned into something similar to a robbers den.

We need to be careful about repeating this today.  It doesn’t bother me if a church sells merchandise that a musical group or a speaker has.  But it does bother me that it seems like worship, at times, looks like a rock or country-music concert.  There is nothing wrong with a praise-band.. But, worship doesn’t have to be a performance… a light-show… and that is what it has become at times.

The older I get, the more I am drawn to a simple-style of worship… a reverence… quiet… Worship is about praising the name of Jesus Christ, Savior of the world.  You could do the entire service acapella and you could still praise Jesus.

Worship is not about the band or the lights… but about the Savior who died for our sins.


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