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Luke 19- Cleansing The Temple

And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves. And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him, And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him. Luke 19:45-48

Multiple times throughout Jesus’ ministry he “cleansed the temple”, Now again this is an event that has fulfillments of the past, present, and future. Again to understand the significance of this event, you need to understand the importance of the Temple. Before Christ, the Temple was the only place on Earth where God resided. It was a Holy Space filled with the Holy of Holies, it was the only place you could confess and sacrifice for your sin, because it was the only place that God dwelled with the people

However, much like today, the religious establishment corrupted the Temple. As Jesus said “You have made the Temple into a Den of Thieves” they corrupted this Holy Space and made it a marketplace to sell merchandise and make money. This is why during the “cleansing” Jesus flipped over the money tables and chased out all the merchants (John 2:14-17) Jesus wasn’t being rude, He was cleansing The Temple, he was removing sin from the Holy Space. And this is exactly Christ accomplished on the cross, paying the debt for our sins and purifying our temples

This event was prophesied by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 7:11) so again, Jesus was fulfilling more prophecy , but also Jesus prophesied “I will destroy this temple in 3 days and raise it up” (John 2:19) Now Jesus was actually prophesying about his death on the cross and his resurrection, however the religious leaders believed he was talking about destroying the physical Temple. However Jesus did prophecy about the physical temple being destroyed also, (Matthew 24:2) Jesus said “Not one stone will be left” and when Christ fulfilled his work on the cross, the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. and was never rebuilt, even to this day as Jesus predicted.

The Apostle Paul then went on to teach us “You are the Temple of God and the Holy Spirit lives inside of You” (1 Corinthians 3:16-18) If you are Born Again in Christ and baptized by the Holy Spirit, God lives inside of You, and your body is now the Temple of God. It’s important to keep your body cleansed and purified of sin. Don’t allow your temple to become a “Den of Thieves” For through Christ we are a New Creation, Amen!

Mark 11- Cleansing The Temple

And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. Mark 11:15-17

One of the most historic events Jesus did before he went to the cross was to cleanse the temple, why? This was really a sign, a foreshadowing of the New Covenant to come. The Temple , was the Holiest of Holies, this was the only place on Earth where the presence of God was. This is why Jews had to come to the Temple during feasts.

However just like everything else, they corrupted the Temple of God. Instead of making it a place of worship , it became a place of business. People used the sacrificial system as a product line to make money. Jesus said “They have made the house of God a Den of Thieves”

And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. And when even was come, he went out of the city. Mark 11:18-19

Some like to use the phrase “What would Jesus Do”? Well Jesus flipped the money changing tables and chased the merchants with whips. Why? Because Jesus was Cleansing The Temple, Jesus was removing the sin from the House of God.

This should be the same for us, as the Bible tells us now in the New Covenant, our bodies are the Temple of God (1 Corinthians 3,6 ) Are you cleansing your temple from Sin? This is why Jesus went to the cross, the pay the penalty for our sins, and cleans us with his blood

The Cleansing of The Temple, is a foreshadow of what Christ accomplished at the cross and rose on the 3rd day, defeating sin and death forever! The Veil was torn separating us from God, and we are now reconciled because of Jesus Amen!