Date: March 4, 2018
By: Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
The Jerusalem Temple was hardly one sacred site among many for those who worshiped there early in the first century. Here was the place, they believed, where God was most present. The Temple served as the focus of identity — religious, national, social, you name it — for many (but certainly not all) Jews of Jesus’ time, especially those influenced by the elite members of Jerusalem society. For some, it stood as the architectural and symbolic centrepiece of their most important city, a city that played a key role in their most cherished memories, and a location that would figure in a hoped-for future when God’s promises would be fully realized.
In our reading this week from John’s gospel Jesus arrives to the temple as the outer courtyard is bustling with merchants selling animals for sacrifice and moneychangers are changing money into authorized temple currency. Thousands of people would have been gathered for the Passover.
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