In the spring of the year 30 C.E., Jesus went to Jerusalem. Many people had come to the city for the Passover. As part of the celebration, they made animal offerings at the temple. Some people brought animals with them, but others bought them in Jerusalem.
When Jesus went to the temple, he saw people selling animals there. They were making money for themselves right in Jehovah’s house of worship! How did Jesus react? He made a whip out of ropes and drove the sheep and the cattle out of the temple. He overturned the tables of the money changers and poured their coins out on the ground. Jesus told those who were selling doves: ‘Take these things away from here! Do not make my Father’s house a place of business!’
People at the temple were amazed at what Jesus did. His disciples remembered the prophecy about the Messiah: ‘I will be full of zeal for Jehovah’s house.’
Later, in the year 33 C.E., Jesus cleansed the temple a second time. He would not let anyone show disrespect for his Father’s house.
“You cannot be slaves to God and to Riches.”—Luke 16:13
JESUS—THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE
God’s Law allowed people to buy animals in Jerusalem for sacrifice, so why was Jesus upset with the merchants in the temple?
BECOME JEHOVAH’S FRIEND
How can you show proper respect for Jehovah’s house of worship?
Read the Bible account, and find the four things that are wrong with this picture.