In last week’s story Jesus was riding on a donkey and now he’s turning over tables in the temple?
I bet He rode the donkey into the temple and the donkey accidentally knocked those tables over.
That didn’t happen?
Jesus knocked over those tables on purpose?
I don’t get it.
I thought Jesus was a nice, peaceful guy who healed people and gave dogs loves and treats.
Okay, I’ll listen to the story.
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.
So why did Jesus do that?
Weren’t those people just trying to make a living?
They needed to make money so they could feed their dogs, didn’t they?
What do you mean, they were selling things for too high a price?
That doesn’t make sense. Wouldn’t the people just go buy stuff somewhere else then?
Oh. They could only use temple stuff when they worshiped God there – so they had to buy it?
I would bark a lot.
I am listening.
And as Jesus taught them, He said, “Is it not written” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?
But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
I get it. Those people were making all kinds of money when they should have been praying.
The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill Jesus, for they feared Him, because the whole crowd was amazed at His teaching.
Wouldn’t it have been better if those chief priests and teachers of the law listened to Jesus and started praying instead of trying to kill Him?
I don’t think I like those guys.
I bet they never give their dogs treats.