April 15, 2019: Matthew 21; Mark 11.
It was one of the most misunderstood acts of Jesus. He threw the money changers out of the Temple.
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The Temple consisted of several areas:
- The Holy of Holies contained the Ark of the Covenant. The High Priest entered it once a year.
- The Holy Place was only for descendants of Aaron.
- The Court of Priests where the other descendants of Levi served.
- The Court of Israel.
- The Court of Women.
- The Court of Gentiles.
“The Court of Gentiles was considered as more of a social market place with vendors selling souvenirs, sacrificial animals, food as well as their being currency changers present.”
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“The women’s large court contained several chambers or places where special activities took place:
- Chamber of Nazarites…at the end of their Nazarite vows cooked their peace offerings and burned their cut hair.
- Chamber of Wood.
- Chamber of Lepers…those healed of the disease and purified remained prior to being admitted to the inner court.
- Chamber of Oil and Wines.
The Court of Women (also known as the outer court…)…was…where Christ…drove out the ‘money changers’ and others from the Temple (John 2:13-16; Matthew 21:12).
At some point, the vendors moved from the Gentiles Court into the Court of Women. There wasn’t room for them there. That kept some people out. Jesus made room for those people.
Matthew 21:14, “Now there was room for the blind and crippled to get in. They came to Jesus and He healed them.” The Message
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