May 18. Jesus Cleanses the Temple—Again

Mt. 21:12-17; Mk. 11:15-19; Lk. 19:45-48

Conditions in the temple were the same as they had been three years earlier when Jesus had attended the first Passover of His ministry. Merchants and moneychangers had returned to supply, for a price, lambs and doves for the offerings.

As He had done before, Jesus drove out all of those who bought and sold in the temple. He also overturned their tables and seats.

Caves in the area were used as hiding places for robbers. Because of the extortion of the traders, Jesus reminded them of prophecies by Isaiah and Jeremiah, “Is it not written ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”

The popularity of Christ had reached its peak. While He was teaching in the temple, He healed many blind and lame people.

Meanwhile, things were getting out of hand for the Jewish authorities. They wanted to destroy Jesus, but His popularity was far too great for them at this time.

At the end of the day, Jesus and His disciples returned to the Bethany/Mount of Olives area.