THE CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE! Level 1

Reformation and Revolution in Jesus way

For the next few days, we shall be looking at how Jesus brought reformation to the temple that was besieged by dove sellers and money changers in his days.

Today, we begin with the origin of dove selling and money changing in a temple divinely designed as a house of prayer for all nation.

THE ORIGIN OF DOVE SELLING  IN THE TEMPLE.

Mark 11:15-17 (KJV)
15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

During the dispensation of the law, the Jews were required by the law to bring many things while offering sacrifices to God. There were things required for a sin offering, a peace offering and many more. Lepers were required to bring their sacrifice to the priest during their cleansing rituals. They were all shadows and types pointing to a day that the mother of all sacrifices ( the death of the son of God on the cross) will be made just once and all of history will change.

The Pharisees and the Sadducees told the people to bring lambs for sacrifice and they were to tell whether their lambs had blemish or not ; so when the Israelites brought lambs from every village, the Pharisees learnt quickly how to disqualify the lamb anybody brought be it also a cow or a sheep so they began to sell doves, turtles, goats, sheep and all other animals required by the law for sacrifice as the ones that meet the required standard for sacrifice back to the people .

by the time Jesus came, the whole temple had become a market place and those selling doves there were priests!

When Jesus came into the temple, 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 moment Jesus entered the temple, he didn’t react immediately to the negatives he met on the ground but sat there all day looking at the sales proceed.
The question is, why did Jesus sat there and did nothing despite seeing people sell doves in the temple?  The answer is; Jesus was under divine authority, he would not do anything unless what he sees his father did!

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 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.

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.

I did an article last week on the parable of the wheat and the tares, let us glean some truth from the parable once again:

Matthew 13:24-30 (KJV)
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

A vineyard owner planted ears of wheat in his field but while men slept, the enemy took advantage of that and planted tares in the same field.  We now have good seed and bad seeding growing up In the same field. 
Immediately the watchmen noticed the tares from among the wheat while inspecting the plantation, they rushed to the owner of the wheat field and queried him :

Matthew 13 Verse 27 “So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.

The owner of the wheat plantation could discern the source of the tares; An enemy, but Immediately he said that his servants replied;

Verse 28…The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

But he replied them again :
Verse 29…But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest:

When the servants of the owner of the field realised the work of the enemy ( tares)in the field, they wanted to go for a quick fix mission; let us fix this error quickly and immediately! All of a sudden, these men who once slept off on their watch and gave the enemy the opportunity to plant tares among the ears of wheat in the field, suddenly became KINGDOM MINDED procuring a quick fix solution. This is how must of us will act in a given situation.

Someone who think they are kingdom minded when they noticed tares among the wheat will come to the lord and say  “let us pull out the tares immediately; we can’t allow this but the Lord will mostly reply as we see in this parable saying; if you think pulling out the tares from the wheat in frenzy is kingdom minded, you have missed the point ! if you go out pulling out the tares, I am not convinced you will really pull it out so leave it alone for now.

Matthew 13:29 (KJV)
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Why did he say to his servants that were procuring a quick fix solution to the problem to leave it?  He should have given them the go-ahead to fix the field immediately but he told them to leave the tares alone among the wheat because he couldn’t trust their discernment!  Sometimes we think that we can differentiate between the wheat and the tares, we have been in the kingdom for years but the Lord who says leave it, let them grow together knows better than us.
Most of us in the ministry are so convinced we can tell the difference between the tares and the wheat has been in the ministry for long, but the lord says I don’t trust you, don’t do it, you think you have discernment but leave them for now.

The owner of the wheat field didn’t order his servants to pull out the tares from the wheat because he wasn’t sure that while going about with the pull out the tares mentality, they wouldn’t hurt the wheat.

Verse 29…But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

You may think you are pulling the tares from the soil of the kingdom but you are actually uprooting the wheat!

When you develop a pull of the tares attitude and mentality thinking you are kingdom minded, it is dangerous to the body of Christ because, in that frenzy, you will unknowingly hurt the wheat. It is inevitable!  You will generalize! You will label the wheat as tares and unknowingly hurt it.

Please when it comes to reformation and revolution, you must not be hasty! There is a need to wait on the Lord to know his mind and how he will react in a given situation just like Jesus waited on his father all day before bringing his reformation 24 hours after visiting the temple!

Let us continue tomorrow.

​Shalom.
©RFB.

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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