Jesus had traveled to Jerusalem declaring his Kingship by riding into Jerusalem on a Donkey. He had gone into the Temple, finding that the Temple no longer served as Holy Place of Worship. The Temple had become a place that was a lucrative business for the Jewish leaders to make money dishonestly. The Jewish leaders did not allow the Roman money which was commonly used for everyday commerce to be given in the Temple so they had Temple money. The Jewish leaders established exchange booths so the people could exchange their Roman money for Temple money and then give Temple money as their tithe or offering. But the Jewish leaders set a high rate of exchange for this service, thus a high profit for these leaders. People would bring their lamb which they hoped could be used as a sacrifice to God, but there lamb was often rejected, declared unfit. They would offer another lamb at a higher price, a lamb they said was worthy for sacrifice. Then this person would turn around and offer this lamb that was rejected as one worthy for sacrifice to another pilgrim brining their lamb for inspection and certification as being worthy. So it was a scam that was bing run by the Jewish leaders. The temple had truly became a den of robbers, no longer functioning as a lighthouse declaring the Glory of God to the Nations. So in our passage this Sunday Jesus enters the Temple courtyard, the courtyard for Gentiles where all this trafficking is taking place and does the unspeakable, He turns these money tables over, He opens the pens, allowing the animals to flee. Yes to the surprise and shock of everyone, He clears out the corruptible practices.
As we look at our own lives this Palm Sunday, the question we need to ask, the question that God is confronting us with is; if Jesus were to come into the courtyard of your life, would Jesus see some corruptible practices that you have allowed to creep in, practices that are corruptible in God’s eyes, practices that hinder the light of the Glory of God from emanating out from you and thus is hindering the Nations from seeing the Glory of God in and through you?
As Paul writes we are the Temple of God
2 Cor 6:16 For we are the temple of the living God
May your life (the temple of God) be a reflection of God’s Glory to the Nations.