Jesus Clears the Temple

The scene when Jesus cleared the temple courts by overthrowing tables and chasing off the money changers is pretty well known, but why did he do it?

Hint: It wasn’t just because of the money.

While it is true that the money changers were exploitive and that was offensive, what Jesus really wanted to reveal to everyone was what money could never buy — a life-changing relationship with God.

Sermon preached on July 11, 2021.

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Digging Deeper

Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  • This passage is the beginning of Holy Week. It is the week leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. With this context in mind, why are the events in this passage so significant?
  • Why was Jesus upset with what was taking place in the temple? What was the core issue?
  • What do you think of Jesus’ actions? Is this congruent to his behavior in other ministry interactions?
  • Verse 14 tells us that Jesus stayed in the temple healing people and the chief priests and teachers of law became “indignant.” Why did they feel this way?
  • As we see time and time again in the gospel of Matthew, Jesus is concerned with the matters of our heart. Read Matthew 6:21. How does this verse resonate with what was taking place in the temple when Jesus arrived? What did the overturning of the tables signify?
YOUR CALL TO ACTION:
  • This week reflect on the matters of your heart. Ask yourself the questions: Where is my treasure? What do I value most?

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