Tuesday "Healing Through Faith" - "Cleaning House!" - Warrior for Life (WFL) Group Support!
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"Healing Through Faith" - "Cleaning House!"
Tuesday's "Healing Through Faith" Topic: "Cleaning House!"
Passover, the scene of our next event in the life of Christ, was one of the most important festivals on the Jew’s religious calendar. It commemorated when the Jews were released from their bondage in Egypt, and is also known as the “Feast of unleavened-bread“. So, we are going to take another side-trip into the Old Testament to look at this historical-event and why the Jews continued to celebrate it, but before we do, we are going to look at the event that is recorded in John 2:13-25, when Jesus cleaned out the Temple. It is also worth noting that Jesus was three years from the cross at this point in time.
Solomon’s temple had been destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, and it had only been rebuilt after the Jews were allowed to go back to their homeland. Even though the new temple didn’t have the grandeur of Solomon’s original temple, it was consecrated in 516 BC.
Herod the Great, ever one to enhance his image and legacy, decided that Jerusalem needed a larger and grander temple, so he commissioned the building of a new temple on the site of the old temple. Even though the core of the temple was completed fairly quickly, the temple was being expanded almost constantly. This temple was still not finished when Jesus walked into it as our scene opens.
The heart or core of the temple was the Holy Place and Most Holy Place, which were surrounded by the central courtyard where the Altar of burnt offerings was. Only Jewish men were allowed in this central courtyard. Adjacent to the central courtyard was the Women’s courtyard, which was open to all Jewish men and women. Surrounding the entire temple was a Courtyard of the Gentiles, which during that time, had become very much a flea-market. This is where Jesus encountered the sellers and money-changers. Jesus wasn't anti-commerce, but the Temple was not the right place for it.
We will delve into the Passover from Exodus 11-13 next week.
Warriors for Life Healing Through Faith – Tonight, 31 March 2020 at 4:30 PM PT, 5:30 PM MT, 6:30 PM CT, and 7:30 PM ET
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