Jesus charged into the Temple in Jerusalem and chased out those who were swindling worshipers for their own benefit. Jesus’ zeal for God’s house meant that he would do anything to clean things up. We are all now God’s temple and the parallel here highlights our need for Jesus to charge into our lives and chase out anything that compromises our freedom to worship and relate to God and others in our life. Lord, clean house!
“It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: ‘Passion for God’s house will consume me.’” John 2:13-17.