“Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him. After this, He went down to Capernaum, together with His mother, His brothers, and His disciples, and they stayed there only a few days. The Jewish Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple complex He found people selling oxen, sheep, and doves, and He also found the money changers sitting there. After making a whip out of cords, He drove everyone out of the temple complex with their sheep and oxen. He also poured out the money changers’ coins and overturned the tables. He told those who were selling doves, “Get these things out of here! Stop turning My Father’s house into a marketplace! ”

• I don’t think I have really considered how forceful and perhaps even violent Jesus clearing the temple may have been. A whip is designed to hurt and and it seems that He used a whip to drive everyone out. The implication that Jesus must have been communicating is if you don’t get out you will be whipped? But as I reread the passage, I am noticing something interesting. Does the text specifically say He used the whip to drive everyone out? It says He made a whip and then He drove everyone out of the complex. Could He have driven the people out by communicating with them and used the whip only to drive the animals out? To me, that’s a big difference. But on the other hand, the text sure does make it seem that He used the whip to drive everyone out which again, seems like a violent act. He also overturned and poured out the money changes money. If nothing else, He was forceful with dealing with these folks’ sinful actions.

And His disciples remembered that it is written: Zeal for Your house will consume Me. So the Jews replied to Him, “What sign of authority will You show us for doing these things? ” Jesus answered, “Destroy this sanctuary, and I will raise it up in three days.” Therefore the Jews said, “This sanctuary took 46 years to build, and will You raise it up in three days? ” But He was speaking about the sanctuary of His body. So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this. And they believed the Scripture and the statement Jesus had made.”, John 2:11-22 HCSB

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