5-SECOND CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE- Jesus entered The Temple at
Jerusalem and found the court full of traders and money changes who were
making large profits as they gave out Jewish coins in exchange for 'pagan
money' for the buying of doves. He drove these businessmen out and
over-turned their tables, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 56:7,8 and
Jeremiah 7:11. Jesus had quoted these verses because of the evil in The
The people claimed to belong to God as His people but were disobedient to the Covenant conditions; thereby they deceived themselves in their hypocrisy, especially the Pharisees and Scribes. The Covenant mercies became obligations and religious rituals and not sincere or real to the people, their inner nature was far from God. God wants acknowledgment of His Sovereignty and repentance from His people so He can offer them insight. Hypocrisy means to profane, to be godless, to act insincerely, having a form of godliness but denying its power.
Jesusí attack was against these hypocrites among the people who professed to believe. Jesus found great opposition by those high in the Religious ranks of the Jerusalem Council. Jesus was a threat to their whole way of life that they had attained for themselves. This involved disrespect for God's character, His deeds, words and His chosen workers.
the Leaders as a group who was legalistic and had an empty spiritual life,
who deceived other people and lead them astray from The Word of God. Jesus
treated hypocrisy as one of the most wicked states of spiritual conditions.
He had patience with sinners, but with hypocrites He showed neither patience
To choose destruction without thinking ahead shows the waywardness of the people's minds and emphasizes their ignorance of God's Word. Israel seemed always in a cycle of rebellion against God and His Word. They never listened to the prophets who spoke God's messages to the people.
The Second Temple Cleansing at the end of Jesusí ministry was different from the First Temple Cleansing, which happened at the beginning of His public ministry.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
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