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Why Did He Drive Them Out?
by Wayne Blank
The Biblical Basis Of His Action
The Messiah's driving out of the money changers from the Temple is one of the most well-known events of Christ's life. But why did He do it? What was the Biblical basis for His actions?
The answer is found in the account itself, "Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? But ye have made it a den of thieves" - which is actually a quotation of the writings of two prophets, Isaiah and Jeremiah.
"My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer" from Isaiah:
"Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to The Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of The Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people."
"But ye have made it a den of thieves" from Jeremiah:
"Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My Name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?"
Fact Finder: Jesus Christ wasn't just speaking of a physical Temple when He quoted "My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer." How do we know that?