15 “So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, ‘Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’’ 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.” Mark 11:15-18
As one looks at this passage closely, they began to see a Jesus that they are not use to seeing. When we picture Jesus, we see Him having the little children come and sit on Knee or healing the lame or causing the blind to walk again but this Jesus filled with anger we are not use to seeing. One might ask, “Why is Jesus so angry? Is it because they were selling doves and exchanging money?” Although many believe this is true, it is not. If you look closely you will see what Jesus is really upset about.
During the days of Jesus, the Romans were over the land. The money that was given was Roman money and not Jewish money. In order to give to the Temple one must give Jewish money. The only way one could do that is through a money changer. Also during these times Jewish people had to travel miles in order to come to the temple to worship God. It was often hard to carry their offerings with them so it made sense for someone to sell those things to make it easier on the weary traveler.
This in itself was not wrong but what made it wrong was that those who were selling and changing out the money were taking advantage of and cheating the people. This is the reason Jesus was upset. They were taking something that was suppose to be holy turned it into a means to make a profit. They were disrespecting God’s Temple, they were disregarding worship and on top of that they were mistreating God’s people.
While many of us would say that this does not fit us, let me bring this home to you. The Bible tells us that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. When we hold anger, lust, hatred etc. we are defiling His temple. The only way this Temple of ours can be cleansed is through the power of Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus cleansed that Temple in Jerusalem, so He wants to do with your life. The question is: “Will You Let Him!”
19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20