And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. (John 2:15)




third sunday in lent

Sermon Starter

Jesus enters Jerusalem, for the Passover feast was upon them. This Passover feast takes place early in St. John’s gospel. Jesus had just performed the miracle of the wedding at Cana, where He changed the water into wine. Upon entering Jerusalem, Jesus goes directly to the temple where, we are told, He made a whip of cords and drove animals and merchants out of the temple. There is a need for some history here. It was a common practice that there would be merchants selling animals, as well as people buying animals. The temple was the place for sacrifices, and it wasn’t practical for people to journey with their sacrificial animals. Merchants figured that some money could be made by providing this service. There is clear documentation to the regularity of this practice in Rabbinic literature of old.

There was also a temple tax. The High Priest, Annas and his family saw a great benefit for merchants and the temple through the practice of buying and selling animals.

Collect of the Day

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.