Trashing the Temple Courts: What was that all about?

Yesterday we thought about the events of the first Palm Sunday and this is what happened next. Why did Jesus smash tables up in the temple courts?

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Yesterday we thought about Jesus riding into Jerusalem. After arriving, the first thing that Jesus did was to go to the temple where he threw out the people who were buying and selling animals there.

This episode in the life of Jesus is hard to understand because it seems so out of character for him.

Why did Jesus who was usually so restrained act with such aggression on this occasion?

12Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.13“It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” (Matthew 21)

You can read the whole of Matthew 21 here.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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