Notes from the Journey with the Disciples – 24

24. So he made a whip out of cords and drove all from the temple area (John 2:15).
Complacency leads to apostasy. Over time, these merchants had begun plying their trades in the house of worship. Now they seem to be accepted there, likely as a convenience for worshippers. But they are desecrating the purpose of the temple and Jesus reacts. Now, he is not viewed as Savior or even great Prophet at this point. He is with his family, visiting a village near his hometown. His actions would not be viewed as coming from a known religious leader. Instead, he acts without apparent authority for a cause that he must defend. This is the way of His followers as well. We must not be silent when the things of God are treated with contempt.

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