1. He is the MESSIAH• This story was also recorded in two Gospels.• This story is different from the first in John 2:13-22.• He was ending His ministry with the similar story.• It is consistent with who He is.
2. He has AUTHORITY• Based on righteousness and holines— ‖My house‖• He did not tolerate wrongdoing in His temple, but He did not hurt anyone.• His demonstration was not tantrum nor violence.• He did not sulk.
3. He knows the PURPOSE for the temple• The structure of the temple • Downgraded glory • Less holy place?• The activities in the template • No sacrifices • Blemished sacrifices
3. He knows the PURPOSE for the• The temple became a source of temple venture, even priests were PROFITABLE involved, instead of an HONORABLE venue.
The Purpose of the House/Temple: THE HEALING• HEALING – not STEALING• HELPING – not OVERPRICING• YIELDING – not TAKING ADVANTAGE (oppression)• WORSHIPPING –not PLAYING• WELCOMING - not TURNING AWAY
CONCLUSION• God has chosen His church to be the main arm of proclamation of His truth. 1. God does not tolerate evil in His house. 2. We should promote HEALING in His House. 3. We celebrate in His house based on God’s truth.
REFLECTION1) What needs to be cleansed in God’s temple? Is there stealing? Taking advantage? Playing? Turning away of people?2) Have you experienced ―healing‖ in this temple? Of hurts? Of physical illness? Of relationship?3) What practical things can you do to give more honor to God in His temple?