2. In the temple he found people selling Ox, sheeps and doves and changers of money seated there. (V14)
3. Looking inside the temple, Jesus made a scourge with small cords and drove them all out, they that sold the oxen and doves and poured out the money of the money changers and overturned their tables. ( v15)
4. And he said unto them, to take those things thence and not to make his father's house a house of merchandise. (V16)
5. And his disciples remembered that which is written in the word that the zeal of the Lord has eaten Me up. (V17)
1. If Jesus enters into his temple (ie. Us- you and me) what can he see?
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Our God is the same Yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The WORD of GOD says,
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
My brethren, my sisters, HOW IS YOUR HEART? How is your temple of God?
Allow the spirit of God to search your inner reins .... he will Speak to you.
2. How much does God value his temple?
A. God is there in his holy temple.
The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
B. We behold the beauty of the Lord, enquire of him and speak of his glory in his holy temple.
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
C. The temple is the place of prayer.
When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
What does GOD do when he sees his temple defiled?
1. According to the old testament people died when they defiled the tabernacle of God.
Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.
2. The zeal of the Lord is kindled.
Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.
Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.
The zeal of God had consumed him as his enemies have forgotten the works of God.
For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
This is the prophetic fulfilment of what Christ did in John 2:2-5.
Life Application 3:
Christ is God in flesh. One side, he is God full of zeal for his temple, that he could not stop making a scourge to cleanse the temple of GOD.
On the other hand, he is the Lamb of God, who came to shed his blood to cleanse the temple of yours and mine.
Hallelujah! Christ was scourged that our temple be cleansed.
And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Jesus took the chastisement of my peace. He was bruised that I will be cleansed inside out.
Dear Child of the most high God,
Today you might have defiled your temple with every filth the world can offer. But today is the day. Allow Christ to cleanse your temple. If not, there will be a day when he will come with the scourge...Yes! There is a day of judgement . your situation will be miserable that day... Don't take the Grace of God for granted.
God bless you.