He Will Make It Right
The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” — John 2:13-17
So during Jesus's ministry, he attended all three Passover events. He never missed one. Passover was an annual gathering where followers celebrated God's deliverance from Egypt. All three are in John's Gospel, culminating in the final Passover that Jesus celebrated in the upper room right before his crucifixion. During each event, Jerusalem had at least one million visitors, and some historians have even suggested more. So during this event, the city of Jerusalem was packed.
The focal point of the Passover was the Temple, to which families would bring sacrifices and pay their Temple taxes. Some have estimated that during a typical Passover, about 250,000 animal sacrifices would be offered in a few short days. But it is clear from this story that something devious had been done by Annas, one of the Temple's High Priests. Businesses formerly outside the Temple were moved inside the courtyard so that he could leverage them for personal advantage. They provided two services. First, animals for sacrifices because some followers traveled so far that bringing an animal was far too cumbersome. Second, bankers exchanged money because religious officials would only accept a certain kind of coin for the Temple tax. They did not want money with pagan symbols on it, especially since people were bringing cash from all over the Roman empire. These businesses, of course, made a killing because people were obligated by Law to bring sacrifices and pay their taxes, so some dubbed these the "Bizzares of Annas." Remember that Annas was a corrupt High Priest extorting people through abusive commercial practices. And right here, at this moment, you will see Jesus the angriest you will ever see him, and you will notice it is directed at corrupt religious leaders.
What Jesus is doing was shocking as much as it was just. Everyone knew what Annas was doing and that he was intentionally doing it. In the process, he was taking advantage of millions of followers, extorting millions of dollars for an event intended to be focused on God.
But there is something iconic happening at this moment. You have probably caught it already. The Lamb of God (as John the Baptist called him in chapter one) walked onto the Temple grounds. Jesus, our High Priest, and perfect Passover Lamb was turning over religious corruption because religious men were corrupting a system that shouldn't be corrupted.
Don't miss this. If you are a little irritated about the things happening in the world, don't you worry. Jesus is going to come again and set things right. He will deal with corruption at every level and put it straight. In the meantime, we must ensure our hearts are always right with God. Because the Just Judge is coming and his ways are pure, he is right every time.
ASK THIS: Is your heart right with God?
DO THIS: Get right before it's too late
PRAY THIS: God, I need to get right with you.
PLAY THIS: Make It Right.
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An amazing message that to me speaks not only to the church today, but also America. So many churches have diluted and compromised God’s standards of Christian living to the point that they are more like the world than they are like what God has called Christians to be. And America, founded as “one nation under God”; has in so much of our culture turned its back on God and is instead accepting all of satan’s temptations as the new way of life and candy coating their sins as “ok”, saying everyone is doing it so it must be ok. It’s time we as God’s children take a stand and refuse to compromise any more, but instead live a life that is truly a light to the darkness of the world we live in.
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak.
Not to act is to act.
This quote gives us insight on how we should react to injustices. The way I see it , is that far too often, those in the American church are not taking a stand against injustices, whether it be in the church or in society. God will not hold us guiltless. The church today needs true Warriors . God doesn’t need more fans He is looking for those who are not afraid to get into the arena.
Agreed Dennis! 👆💪
I used this example to a friend attending secular concert that’s held every year at Basilica catholic “church” in Mpls. Alcohol, t shirts, folly, being sold on what’s considered to some, holy ground, irks me. My friend that attended was upset that a street preacher was outside of the gates preaching the Word. I always think of that yearly event when I read this passage…..
Vince, do you think this was the only cleansing of the temple or was there another? John’s gospel doesn’t align with the synoptic gospels so it seems like there may have been two.
Thank for your response. I believe too often it comes from their own will and not His. Appreciate all you do!
We need Your intervention today Jesus. It’s time to gather up some more cords.
Love today’s devotional on 1/27/2023. I know people use this as example to cause uprising. My question is it our place to do the uprising or should we stay consistent and Jesus will be the one doing the up rising?
Depends on the situation based on scripture. If it is an injustice against God, we should always stand up. If it’s injustice against us, we should turn the other cheek. If it’s injustice against another, we should step in. It’s always prompted by the Spirit, aligns with scripture, and never gets in God’s way. And yes, there will be an eventual uprising led by Jesus when that time comes.
Great wisdom and insight Vince! We must be men of courage – Doing what’s right and just, even when we feel afraid. Thank you! 🙏🙏