Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Jesus clears out the commerce going on in the Gentile court of the temple at the beginning of His ministry (John 2), and again at the end of His ministry, five days before His death.  He came into the temple after His triumphal entry through Jerusalem, on the back of a colt. This fulfilled the  prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, “…Behold thy King cometh unto you: He is just and having salvation:  He is lowly, and riding upon an ass…” Righteous indignation compelled Jesus to overturn the tables, scatter the coins, and drive out those who were involved in taking advantage of those who were coming to worship God.  He severely denounced  their profiteering by quoting Isaiah and then  welcomed the blind and lame, “and He healed them.”With twine, in which you have knotted the ends, make tiny whips.  (***See note below***)   Tape together and glue to Jesus’ hand.   I used a half  sheet of special paper made by Crayola to have the kids write  with Crayola’s special pens ” My  house shall be called a house of prayer”.  That is an option for you to consider but not necessary.   Color and cut out table, and glue together as in the finished project above.  Draw coins here and there with metallic gel pens. ****Note: Jesus did not use a whip in the 2nd cleansing of the temple, you might want to explain this…If you feel the “knots” are not appropriate for a young child…use the twine plain or leave off altogether as one cleansing did not include a whip) The word for “scourge” in Greek is phragellion (Latin: flagellum) and I have artistically interpreted it to be a substantial tool.  The word for “small cords” can mean either rope or rushes.

2 thoughts on “Jesus Cleanses the Temple

  1. Hi I’m very late with this reply, but I’m really uncomfortable with you making little knotted whips for Jesus. Are you for real or satirising a Bible craft?

    • If you have small children, leave out the whip detail.(see note above) Read John 2 for the scripture reference of Jesus making a scourge from small cords.Thank you for expressing your concern. Bible Auntie

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