The temple should be a house of prayer, a place God's Spirit resides. The ancient temple structure was a place of God's link to the world, but it had become corrupt and had to be cleaned. Christ entered the temple and drove out the money changers, overturned tables, and cleaned out what had become a market place; a place God had never intended it to become, yet man made. Jesus also showed that it's no longer business as usual. He drove out the sheep, cattle, and the doves which wasn't only to clean up the temple, but to point out that animal blood sacrifices do not remove sin. Jesus was pointing to Himself and that the sacrifice of Christ would take sin away. What do we need to drive out of our spiritual temple to better allow God to share it with us? What room can we make so the sacrifice of Christ can have more room in our lives?
Beyond Today Presenter, United Church of God Pastor
Steve is pastor of the United Church of God congregations in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also an instructor at Ambassador Bible College as well as a host on the Beyond Today television program. Together, he and his wife, Kathe, have served God and His people for over 25 years.