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John 2- Cleansing The Temple

And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. John 2:14-16

There is a popular catchphrase that states “What Would Jesus Do”? Well you can reply with that, Jesus would Cleanse The Temple! When Jesus came to the Temple he saw it turned into a marketplace rather than a house of worship. The Jews took aspects of The Torah and turned it into a money making religion

I believe this act is also very symbolic and a clear display of becoming Born Again. As the Bible states in the New Covenant “Our Bodies are now the Temple of God” (1 Corinthians 3, 6) We need to Cleanse our Temples! We need to Repent and remove the sin and inquiry from our lives and worship God in Spirit and Truth!

And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. John 2:17-19

Jesus quoted Psalm 69, a chapter that is clearly about repentance and turning back to God. The religious leaders challenged Jesus and asked him for a sign of his authority! How Jesus responded was very significant, He said he would destroy The Temple and Raise it up in 3 days!

The religious leaders perceived this as a threat , however as we know Jesus was talking about his physical body and the Resurrection. This is a clear prophecy of Jesus foretelling his own resurrection. Secondly its showing us Jesus has replaced The Temple, everything in the Torah and the Temple were foreshadows of Christ and led to Him

Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. John 2:20-22

The Holy Spirit clearly reveals Jesus was talking about his own physical body as The Temple and fortelling about the Resurrection. After Christ rose from the dead, his disciples remembered what Jesus told them

Another thing to note is Jesus said “I will raise it up” meaning He would resurrect himself! How can this be? Because Jesus is God in the flesh! Amen!

Exodus 38- The Courtyard

And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, an hundred cubits: Their pillars were twenty, and their brasen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver. And for the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits, their pillars were twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver. Exodus 38:9-11

Today we are going to take a look at the courtyard of the Tabernacle. Now at first this may seem like a boring topic but when we analyze the significance of this feature it makes alot of sense. First we know that nobody but the High Priest, after they have been cleansed and consecrated, can enter the Tabernacle. Therefore the rest of the Israelites must remain in the courtyard separated by the Veil with God. As we know Christ fulfilled that Veil so we can enter into God’s presence today

Even though the Israelites were limited to the Courtyard, they made the decision to enter in. This is an act of faith for us today also, when God calls your name, you receive his call and enter into The Gate (John 10)This is where repentance begins. Notice we see Brass or Bronze alot, this is symbolic of judgement in the Bible

And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten, and their sockets ten; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver. And for the east side eastward fifty cubits. The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three. And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three. All the hangings of the court round about were of fine twined linen. And the sockets for the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver. And the hanging for the gate of the court was needlework, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: and twenty cubits was the length, and the height in the breadth was five cubits, answerable to the hangings of the court. Exodus 38:12-18

Notice we see Silver alot also here, Silver is symbolic of Truth or Wisdom in the Bible. Jesus is The Truth and The Truth shall Set You Free (John 8) Again you enter into the Gate , which is a foreshadow of Christ (John 10) and your coming into Truth and Judgement. God has a solution, the atoning sacrifice for our sins, which is Jesus Christ!

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

Fast forward to The Temple, Jesus drove out all the corruption of the Courtyard, as this was meant to be a Holy place also. But this is also symbolic of us cleansing our sins with repentance. Jesus was cleansing the Temple of transgressions, as Jesus would become the ultimate Temple, (John 2), the Taberacle of God in the Flesh (John 1:14) Amen!

The New Temple

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

To understand how we are the “New Temple” you must first understand the Old Temple. Before Christ, the Temple was the only place where Gods presence was on Earth. If you wanted to be in the presence of God you needed to come to The Temple.

The Temple was were the High Priests lived and were anointed to make intercession for you. The Temple was the only place where you could make atonement for your sins, which the sacrifice had to be performed by the High Priest

So now fast forward to the New Covenant. When Christ became your High Priest and became the final atonement for your sins. The veil was torn in the Temple and now the presence of God lives inside every Born Again believer in Christ.

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19

When Jesus made this statement, the religious leaders thought he was talking about the physical Temple. However Jesus was talking about his physical body, the New Temple of God. Jesus was talking about his crucifixion and resurrection, being raised up in 3 days!

Now when you accept Christ into your heart, repent of your sins, you become Born Again. The Holy Spirit lives inside of you and your body becomes the New Temple of God.

If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. 1 Corinthians 3:17

The New Temple of God is a Holy Temple! Meaning keep your body free from sin, sexual immorality, drugs, and alcohol. Keep your Temple Holy because God is Holy, don’t allow your Temple to become desecrated by evil.

God the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, to empower you to flee from sin in Jesus name Amen!

 

You Are Gods Temple

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 1 Corinthians 3:16

When Jesus said he was going to raise the temple up in 3 days, everyone thought he was crazy. That’s because they thought he was talking about the physical temple but what he really was referring to was the resurrection. We are the temple of God, you are sacred washed by the blood of Christ.

If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:17

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Our God is a just God, no crime will go unpunished. Those who are persecuting Christians and children will receive the wrath of God on judgement day.

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 1 Corinthians 3:18

Professing themselves to be wise they became fools, nobody can truly comprehend the greatness of God. Stop pretending you know all the answers, because nobody does. Humility is the beginning of wisdom. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, well maybe that old dog needs to be reborn.

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” John 2:19

When Jesus said this he shocked an entire nation, they hated and feared him, because they didn’t understand what he was saying. Don’t lean on your own understanding, trust in God he has a bigger plan.

Thru Jesus we are the temple of God, we have been reborn and transformed. It’s important your treat yourself this way and keep it holy. You are a reflection of Christ, let the world see him thru you in Jesus name Amen