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Jesus Whips in the Temple
Bible Passage John 2:13-22
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books John, Psalm.

Jesus Whips in the Temple

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached February 7, 2023

13 The Jewish Passover was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

14 In the Temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, as well as moneychangers sitting at their tables.

15 After making a whip out of cords, he drove all of them out of the Temple, including the sheep and the cattle. He scattered the coins of the moneychangers and knocked over their tables.

16 Then he told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”

17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18 Then the Jewish leaders asked him, “What sign can you show us as authority for doing these things?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will rebuild it.”

20 The Jewish leaders said, “This sanctuary has been under construction for 46 years, and you’re going to rebuild it in three days?”

21 But the sanctuary he was speaking about was his own body.

22 After he had been raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this. So they believed the Scripture and the statement that Jesus had made.


Jesus Christ moved from Capernaum to Jerusalem for the Passover. The Passover was the most important Jewish festival that happened every year in the spring.

When He visited the temple He found that its outer court (the Court of the Gentiles) was crowded with Jewish merchants and money changers. The merchants were selling animals for sacrifice, and the money changers were exchanging foreign money for money acceptable to the temple authorities.

The merchants sold animals for sacrifices. Animals for sacrifices had to be perfect, without a mark or a spot on them. The Temple employed officials who examined the animals that people brought for sacrifices. But the officials were not fair or honest. They accepted only the animals that people had bought from the Temple. They rejected any animals that people had bought from places outside the Temple. So this forced everyone to buy animals from the Temple. Meanwhile, the animals sold at the Temple cost much more than usual. They were very expensive so the merchants made a huge profit.

Every Jew had to pay a tax to the Temple. This tax paid for the daily ceremonies there. But people had to pay this tax with special coins. So when visitors came, they had to go to the moneychangers. The moneychangers took the visitors’ coins and gave them special coins. But the moneychangers charged the visitors a lot of money for this service. Like the merchants, the moneychangers were greedy and they made abnormal profits too.

The place looked more like a market than a place of prayer. Jesus was so angry at what He saw that He took bold action to cleanse the temple of all commercial activity.

The words the disciples remembered in verse 17 were from Psalm 69:9.

The Jews objected to Jesus’ interfering with the temple and challenged Him to perform some miracle as evidence that He had authority from God to act in such a way (verse 18).

The Temple was the place where God lived among His people. The Jews knew that God was everywhere. But he was present in a special way there in the Temple.

The Temple in question was the third Temple of Jerusalem. It had taken 46 years to build.

When Jesus said He would rebuild the Temple in 3 days, He was not referring to the Temple that Herod had built. Jesus meant that God had come to live among His people in a new way. God was living among them as a human being. This man was Jesus. His body was the new Temple. This was what John meant in John 1:14.

So Jesus referred to the sign of His resurrection as His authority, but no one understood its meaning at the time.

Jesus knew that because of His zeal for the purity of God’s house, the Jews would eventually kill Him, but He would rise from the dead and bring in a new era of life for the world.

🔷 Cheating is unacceptable to God and He will punish those who engage in it

🔷 The people of God must set good examples and avoid corruption and all ways that will suppress people and make them suffer

🔷 The house of God must be revered, and used for prayer and worship, in order the praise our God.

💥 Pray that you will not cheat or engage in any corrupt act
💥 Pray for those trapped in Turkey

The Christian must be a good model everywhere; in the community, workplace and everywhere one finds him/herself. We must not use dubious means and cheat people. God dislikes that.

In series Bright Morning Reflections