The immense Jerusalem temple was not just a physical wonder of the world. It was also the foundation and home of religious and secular authority in Israel. This establishment and its laws went unquestioned. Priests lived lavishly; people paid insufferable taxes.;and temple authorities wielded oppressive authority. This was the religious and political basilica which Jesus entered to teach love and compassion. Upon experiencing this corruption, Jesus “lost it”. His zeal for his Father’s  home boiled over in justifiable anger and passion.”Destroy this temple, and in 3 days I will raise it.!” Could he also have been implicitly referring to the iniquities of our personal and organizational temples, and be promising to cleanse them in 3 days of resurrection?

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