Keeping Our Temple Clean
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.
15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
Jesus entered the temple in Jerusalem, and when He saw money changers in the temple, along with many selling oxen, sheep and goats, Jesus got downright upset. In fact, Jesus was so upset He drove the people out of the temple, with a whip He made out of cords.
Now, that was the courtyard of a physical building Temple Jesus was clearing out. No one was to be using that area for personal gain, planning how to prosper themselves. The Temple and the property of the Temple were set aside for God, to worship and serve Him, so Jesus was justly and righteously angry.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Moving forward a couple of thousand plus years, when, according to the inspired Word of God, our bodies, the bodies of Born Again, Christ Following, Believers of Jesus Christ, are Temples of the Holy Spirit, how does Jesus Christ look at and feel toward the way we use our bodies?
When we are sitting in a church service, are we there totally, or is our mind on some activity later in the day, some project at home that needs doing, or a major or minor decision that needs to be made at work during the next week.
If Jesus came and sat next to us, clearing out each thought that was taking up space in our mind, when our focus should be on Him, what would we think, what would we do? I wonder if there would be a mass exodus due to embarrassment, and how full the places of worship would be at the end of the service.
The cleanliness of our body and mind outside and away from the Worship Services may be for another time and blog. But it is important to keep our minds and bodies clean of all inner pollution that the enemy of our soul attempts to slide in.
Back to 1Corinthians 6:19-20 again, Jesus Christ paid our debt, so we do not have to pay the price for our sins. With the price paid, Jesus then gave us the Gift of His Spirit to live in us permanently. Our responsibility is then to Glorify God in our body. This means our mind, as well as the seen body. God always knows where our mind is, even when no one else does.
Let’s keep our temples clean, worshipping God, as we are intended to do.