22. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
In the temple were those selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers.
Jesus made a whip of cords and he drove those who were selling livestock and changers of money out of the temple. He turned over the table of the money changers.
He said to those who were selling doves:
Take these away from here and do not make my Father’s house a house of merchandise.
His disciples remembered that it was written: Zeal for God’s house will consume me.
The Jews came to Jesus and asked to show them a sign to convince them that he had the authority to interfere with the order of the temple.
Jesus told them:
Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.
The Jews answered back:
It took 46 years to build this temple and you will raise it up in three days?
But Jesus was not talking about the temple in Jerusalem, he was talking about the temple of his body.
Later, when Jesus was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered what he had said. They believed the Scripture, and the words which Jesus had spoken.
While Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in him because they witnessed the signs he performed.
But Jesus knew the hearts of men, and did not trust them. He didn’t need anyone to tell him what men were like.