John Chapter 2, since this is a blog post, I am only going to center my thoughts on one area. This will also be speculation but hopefully I can show you through scripture how I came to this thinking.
JOHN 2: 13-17
13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume me.”
In my own thinking the whole idea of business is to make a profit…but no profit for man should be made in the House of God. Why were they able to set this up? my guess is the same as today..supply and demand. GOD ordered them to bring something to sacrifce to HIM to show their repentance and then HE would forgive. Somehow it looks like they made it kind of cheesy, they didn’t need to bring thier own..they could just buy it there..no long walk with your best sheep or whatever your household could afford..no long walk with the animal, pondering on why you were doing this, or preparing your heart for a repentance..just merely ritual..sort of like-God wants us to do this, so here we have done it. Just my thinking…and pondering…But what about the doves/pigeons…they were the sacrifce called out in the very beginning for the ones who were very poor, destitute, and surely they could set out to catch one or two for a sacrifice…now they can just buy one..with what? and it really looks like someone has been taken advantage of the poor.
Maybe not, there are other reasons for bringing doves/pigeons..
In the following list is just the tip of the iceburg for scripture pertaining to sacrifice;
Leviticus 1,5,12,14, 15/Numbers 6/Luke 2:24
I appears to me that by selling this at the temple, none of it is any longer the best of what one has, or spottless or remotely close to what GOD had requested, its what I could get on the way(last minute thinking)..they like us have given in to convience, even at our own cost…they allowed it.
So, what was the house of GOD to resemble?
-a house of prayer (Luke 19:46/I Kings 8,9)
-a meeting/dwelling place for God(KING)(I Kings 8,9/I Corinthians 3:17)
DId they know what wrong they were doing? Absolutely! they were not only taught it from birth, but they were also the leaders and teachers of the Holy Script…Can you say “open bold face defiance”? I think to bring it closer to our hearts..and into our life application…think..I am going to walk into my house, where it is just like I want it to be…but when I get there…cow crap on my floor, it looks like a barn and smells like one too…where is the incense smell I insist on…How long would it take you to start throwing it all out the door? GOD’s house..requiring respect for a HOLY KING, or one HOLY whoopin is on the way!
Now, we are that temple, HE lives in us, …..that is another post another time! 🙂
**don’t forget to go and check out the other posts on this chapter all are listed on my blogroll, a section for the Bible Study group…Carl, and Joe have already posted and they are worth taking a look and leaving a comment, thanks!**