As I read today, I noticed several things I had not considered before about this episode at the Temple. First, I noticed the timing. Since Jesus called Capernaum “His home” (see Mt. 4:13), it seems like Jesus had seen the “sacrifice vendors” and money changers at the Temple before. Why did Jesus wait until now to make a stink?
Thinking further, I observed that upon arriving at Capernaum, His first stop was the Temple. His first public ministry – something that would bring him visibility and scrutiny (which, by the way, was foretold in Mal. 3) – was this purging of the Temple.
Jesus’ time had come. And, He starts out with a controversial (?) bang! Let no one doubt, what Jesus needed to do, He did. And He only had a few years to do it. There is no wasted time with Jesus. His timing is perfect.
The other thing I noticed was in verse 15:
“…He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables.“(NKJV)
The phrase “poured out the changers’ money” intrigued me. I could visualize Jesus taking the money bags and very deliberately pouring out the coins onto the ground – which to me is very symbolic. It seems to show such contempt for the money. Perhaps Jesus was thinking about all the future ministries and ministers who would seek after these coins first, rather than Himself – and find ruin.
Once again – it’s amazing how every word in the Bible is inspired and God-breathed. There is so much to uncover – even in familiar passages we’ve read time and time again. It’s all very deliberate and all very real…all very living and able to change the lives of those who read it.
Thank You, Lord, for how deliberate You are. Your Word is life-giving and alive. Increase my hunger to know You. Your timing is perfect. Your every thought and motion so full of purpose and intent. Have Your way with me today, my King.