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Jun 05, 2022

Jesus and the Money Changers

Jesus and the Money Changers

Passage: Matthew 21:12-17

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

The Temple complex is much larger than we realize. Commentator Grant Osborne states that the combination of the Temple courts was “equal to thirty-five football fields in size and covering one-sixth the total area of Jerusalem itself.” The largest area was the Court of the Gentiles (25 acres), the place where any and all could come to worship. Sometime during the High Priesthood of Caiaphas, around AD 30, the necessary function of the money-changers who converted pagan coins to coinage lacking pagan icons, and the sellers of sacrificial animals moved from the Mount of Olives into the Court of the Gentiles. On top of this, both enterprises had become corrupt, generating great profit at the expense of worshippers. Jesus cleansed the Temple for a second time, healed the blind and lame and in the process fulfilled numerous biblical prophecies, boldly asserting his authority as the messianic Son of David.