Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Scripture: Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:12-19, Luke 19:45-48 and John 2:12-25

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn Jesus cleansed the Temple twice while he was one earth – the first time early in his ministry (John) and the second time three years later right before the Cross (Matthew, Mark and Luke).
  • Students will learn Jesus does not want religious leaders to use their positions to make money off of worshippers by stealing from them or putting a heavy financial burden on them.
  • Students will learn our first priority should always be to worship God, not to make money.

Interesting Facts:

  • Herod had been building his temple for 46 years by the time of the first incident when Jesus cleansed the Temple. Construction continued until just a few years before it was destroyed by Rome.
  • The Jewish leaders were robbing the people who could not bring animals with them to the Temple, by selling them the animals they needed for sacrifices at ridiculous prices.

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