“Take these things away from here! Do not make my Father’s house a marketplace!” John 2:16 (NET)
These were the words of an irate Jesus. It happened when he saw a place God intended for prayer turned over to a bunch of scammers. Their intent—to rip off worshipers.
Jesus took worship seriously. This is the one thing, the only thing, that ever provoked him to violence—someone messing with worship.
What can we learn from this incident? Make worship what God intended.
Don’t fake it. Don’t make it about you. Don’t make a mockery of it. Don’t deviate from God’s pattern.