And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Matthew 21:12-13
One of the great foreshadowing events of Christ was the cleansing of The Temple. Now you might say what is prophetic about this moment? Many things, first we must understand The Temple and its function. At this point the only place God resided on Earth was in the Temple. To make atonement for your sin, you must go to the Temple
However the Temple became corrupted by man. Instead of a gateway to God it became as Jesus said a “Den of Thieves” , they made God a business, does this sound familiar today? But Jesus cleared them out, he cleansed The Temple!
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, Matthew 21:14-15
Now while Jesus may have offended many with his actions, the blind and lame came to him for healing! While there are those who are offended by Jesus, those who answer his call shall be healed! And the people continued to praise him “Hosanna to the Son of David”!
This offended and upset the religious leaders, they wanted to be praised but the people praised the Son of God!
And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? Matthew 21:16
These people didn’t have degrees in theology or years of training with the religious leaders. They had faith in Christ that he is the Messiah, the Son of God! As the famous expression comes from the scripture “From the mouth of babes”
Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. John 2:19
So where are the foreshadows you might ask?
- Jesus foretold of the destruction of the Temple
- Jesus foretold of his resurrection as his body is the new temple
- This is foreshadow of our bodies being the Temple of God (1 Corinthians) and we must cleanse it from sin