November 3, 2011
John 2:15-17 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; (16) And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. (17) And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. .
As the Feast of the Passover was approaching, Jesus went to the temple. When He got there, he found people selling things and changing money inside the temple. The temple was a place of worship – God never intended it to be a place where people bought and sold things to make a profit. However, that is exactly what these people were doing. They were trying to make a profit in God’s house. Jesus was very angry with them. He was so angry that He made a whip out of some small cords and drove these profiteers out.
Do you think it makes Jesus happy when people sell stuff in church?