Jesus Flips Tables; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.

The next morning, we left Lazarus’ home in Bethany; Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Not even early figs, which were sour. This tree wouldn’t produce any this year.

Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.

We glanced at each other, confused.

Continuing on, Jesus led us straight towards the temple. Jesus entered the temple courts, looking around at the tables set up, and walked up to the nearest one.

The man seated looked up at Jesus. Jerusalem needed markets and bazaars to supply the massive influx of pilgrims. Most of these were outside the temple, and since there was little room immediately outside it, sacred items (such as animals for sacrifice) were purchased on site.

The temple mount offered Jerusalem’s largest space and could accommodate an estimated 75,000 people at one time. Because each local region had its own currencies, money-changers performed a service by changing local money into standardized currency so people could buy what they needed. But this site, the massive outer court, was also the only place of worship for the Gentiles.

tenorJesus met his eyes, reached down, and flipped the table. He didn’t stop there but drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves.

Looking around, he said, “It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.‘”

That was from Isaiah and Jeremiah. He sat down, and the blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.

The guards and the priests finally got through the crowd to him; they pointed out the mess and the kids were saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David.”

“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.

Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,”

“‘From the lips of children and infants

    you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?

That’s from Psalms. Thomas wondered aloud, what is going to happen next?

Matthew 21:12-17

Mark 11:12-19

Luke 19:45-48

Isaiah 56:7

Jeremiah 7:11

Psalm 8:2

The Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

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