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"Cleansing the Temple"

  Cleansing the temple painting, money changer table turned, doves being released, house of prayer painting, den of robbers, Mindi Oaten Art


"Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves."  Matthew 21:12


Amid the backdrop of the temple's grandeur, the scene was a stark contrast to its intended purpose. Merchants and money changers had transformed this sacred place into a bustling marketplace, where the clinking of coins and haggling voices echoed more loudly than prayers.

Jesus, with a fiery passion for the sanctity of His Father's house, stepped into this scene of profane commerce. His voice rang out, echoing the rebuke recorded in Scripture: "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of robbers." (Mark 11:17)

This passionate declaration harkens back to the words of the prophet Isaiah, emphasizing the temple's primary role as a place of worship and communion with God. The term "den of robbers" sharply contrasts with the designation "house of prayer", underscoring the deep corruption and deviation from the temple's true purpose.

As tables were overturned and coins scattered, the release of the doves into the sky became an emblematic moment. These creatures, symbols of peace and the Holy Spirit, soared high above the turmoil below. Their ascent served as a vivid metaphor for the essence of Jesus' message: the call to break free from the shackles of ritualistic tradition and to embrace the liberating power of genuine communion with God.



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