THE CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE! Level 2

When Jesus came into the temple at Jerusalem where men were selling doves and changing money, He sat there first for a whole day from morning till evening doing nothing but just looking around :

Mark 11:11 (KJV)
11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

The question is, why did Jesus sat there and did nothing despite seeing people selling doves in the temple?  The answer is; Jesus was under divine authority, He would not do anything unless what He sees his father do.

John 5:19 (KJV)
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

Jesus said verily I say unto you…Each time you see the word ‘verily ‘verily’ please pay attention.

The word ‘verily, verily simply means ‘truly truly .or …. ‘of a truth ‘of a truth. He said the son can do nothing of himself but what He sees the father do. He didn’t say He wouldn’t, but he couldn’t! 
“I can’t of my own self do nothing Says Jesus; So We can summarize it this way :

“I only say what I see daddy say, and I only do what I see daddy do. How many of us set out this way?

For three and a half years, Jesus ministered continually under the anointing of the Holy Spirit which He received at Jordan from the father and only say what He heard The father say and did what He saw the father do.

When He sat there all day long looking at the messy situation in the temple, He had not seen the father react so He must wait to know the father’s will or reaction to the situation. Many of us would have missed it here; the moment we enter the temple and we saw men selling doves in a place meant for prayers, we will react quickly and angrily! We will want to fix things quickly thinking being kingdom minded is to be hasty and react immediately to every negative situation in the church but in the case of Jesus, He was different.

Having witnessed the desolation of the abomination standing in the holy place all day long, He departed from the temple and went to Bethany and in the morning, He returned from Bethany to Jerusalem. while on his way, He became  hungry so He approached a fig tree nearby hoping to find fruits on it :

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Mark 11:12-14 (KJV)
12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat the fruit of the hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

A lot had been preached about this fig tree indicating that Jesus cursed the tree to teach his disciples faith and authority but there was more to it ; when Jesus cursed the fig tree, He  demonstrated more than faith .The curse He placed on the tree was a reflection of the heat in his spirit which was generated by the abomination He saw in the temple: poor tree, it took the full weight of his wrath and anger and it dried in less than 24 hours.

When He eventually entered the temple, He began to drive out the money changers and the dove sellers :

John 2:13-16 (KJV)
13 And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changes of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

The synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke  and John) gave a different account of the cleansing of the temple  :

The gospel of John recorded that when He entered into the temple, He came with a scourge of small cords which He made. Jesus didn’t come in with a stick; He didn’t kick the table of the money changers but He made a scourge of small cords. He took his time to make the whip! It was deliberate. A day before, He sat in the same temple but did nothing except looking around but when he returned; Less than 24hours later He came in with a scourge of small cords. He had seen the father’s mind and his action was the father’s exact response to the abomination in the temple!

John 5:19 (KJV)
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

When Jesus got into the temple, He didn’t whip anyone but drove them out of the temple. On his way to the temple, He cursed the fig tree and it withered; it was the annoyance in him but He didn’t curse humans (the money changers and the dove sellers in the temple) He simply drove them out.
The first time Jesus cleansed the temple what was the emphasis? It wasn’t out of arrogance or that He was mad with money changers, He was only concerned the temple was meant to be a place of prayer for all nations but there was no prayer emphasis at all therein! 
It had become a market place, not just an ordinary market place but a spiritual market place because the animals bought there were being sold for sacrifices but somehow, it had missed the whole point!

What do we learn from this? we must avoid swapping the purpose of the house.  The revolution Jesus initiated through the scourge of small cords was meant to restore the temple back as a house of prayer.

GRACE WANTS TO CLEAN THE HOUSE.

Jesus, during his earthly ministry, was the grace of God personified:

John 1:14 (KJV)
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 1:16-17 (KJV)
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

When he swept the temple of its filth due to the activities of money changers (the abomination of desolation standing in a holy place ) who did that? It was Grace!

Grace came into the sanctuary with a cord and overthrew the tables of the money changers !why because grace doesn’t condone inquiry, Grace wants the house clean! grace is not here to lower the standard; grace is not here to compromise God’s holy standard, grace wants to clean the house. Grace wants the temple swept of its filth.

Titus 2:11-12 (KJV)
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

We shall continue on these series in a few days.
Shalom

Richard Femi Bolaji is an endtime prophet /teacher and a vessel of real Holy Ghost revival privileged to have ministered across major denominations of the body of Christ in Africa and other parts of the globe .
Dr Bolaji’s ministry is thrilling , lively ,and tremendously encouraging and impactful .He has been anointed by God this hour to bring to the body of Christ ,one of the most important, one of the most anointed, and timely prophetic revelations and truth .
His inspirational teachings and ministrations imparts fresh faith , courage , hope and strength and they also attack spiritual forces and break through spiritual barriers. Atmosphere shifts, The spiritual Climate changes , things changes, And growth comes .

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