Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Five quotes from Jesus Christ that everyone should know. #2.
"Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves."
"And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'" Matthew 21:12, 13
Twice during His lifetime (as far as it is recorded) Jesus entered into the temple in Jerusalem and chased out the men in the temple who sold animals and exchanged money.
These men would sell "acceptable" sacrifices at a higher rate to people who needed them to offer to God. They would also exchange currency for foreigners who needed to tithe, adding extra fees.
They were using the house of God to make money.
When Jesus Christ cleared these men out He was quoting Scripture, notice "as it is written.."
The Scriptures He quotes are from Isaiah 56:7 ("My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.") and Jeremiah 7:11 ("Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes ?")
Both of these verses are verses that are spoken by GOD. Yet Jesus is referring to Himself.
Jesus claimed the authority to clear out the house of God because it was HIS HOUSE.
Jesus Christ, in clearing out the temple and quoting those Scriptures, claimed to be GOD.