The question, “Did Jesus ever reach a breaking point” gave me much to ponder upon. Myself, personally, I believe He did, especially when it came to the cause for His Father. Though Scripture does not tell us about every experience Christ had while He was living on the earth, there is a specific Scripture reference which gives us a picture of Jesus whipping the money changers in the outer court of the temple.
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Why would prompt Him to do such a thing in light that the money changers were only selling supplies of what was needed for the ministry and work that had to take place within in the confines of the inner court to which by the way, the Gentiles were not permitted to enter unless they converted to Judaism.
Isaiah 56:6-7 writes:
“And of those strangers who are not among the chosen people Israel yet have bound themselves to the Eternal,
Attend to God, and love all that the Eternal is and does; if they serve Him, keep the Sabbath, make good choices, and cling to the terms of the covenant,
I will bring them into My holy mountain where no foreigner is allowed and give them a joyful welcome within My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will find acceptance on My altar because My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
“These words must have come as a surprise to the Hebrews. They were the called-out ones and had been commanded to keep themselves separate from their pagan neighbors. Now they hear these words of inclusion. They are told it doesn’t matter who they are or where they’ve come from or what “imperfections” they might have …” (The Voice Commentary).
” … Any who have bound themselves to Israel’s God—even if they’re not Israel, even if they are not “whole”—belong to Him and will enjoy all the wonders that He has in store for them. One day it will be clear that they are a sign of God’s goodness and mercy, that God’s justice is on display through their lives. They are to live as the light of God to the neighboring countries” (The Voice Commentary).
Matthew 21:12-13 writes:
“Jesus came to the temple. He drove out all those who were buying and selling. He upended the moneychangers’ tables and the dove sellers’ benches. It is written, “My house will be a house of prayer for all people,” but you have turned this house of prayer into a den of robbers.”
“After a great parade, Jesus, and His disciples walk into the temple area, and what He sees enrages Him. He sees moneychangers, buying and selling. He sees men sitting on benches, hawking doves to those who have come from the countryside to make a sacrifice. He sees that the salesmen and teachers have turned a sanctuary of worship into a place of spiritual prostitution” (The Voice Commentary).
“This is the place where Jesus came as a boy to sit with the great teachers. It is the place where His Father receives the offerings of His people. It is more than Jesus can take” (The Voice Commentary).
The outer temple was also thought to be considered as the Gentile’s court because they were not able to enter into the gates with thanksgiving in their heart and into the inner courts with praise. So instead, they, the Gentiles were buying and selling their merchandise … (Women in those days were considered nothing more than a piece of meat in their handler’s hands, but Jesus came to change all that.)
Here Jesus took out His whip and cleansed the outer court and sent them all packing. They were showing no shame or animosity when Jesus disrupted their day of buying and selling. Instead, they were moaning and complaining about their loss of merchandise rather pondering who this Man was and why He was throwing them out of the temple.
The outer court of the temples is exemplary of what is taking place in the world today. Jesus had started His intercession for our souls as He cleansed the outer court from all that evil that was taking place in His Father’s house. Jesus shed His blood for us to cleanse us from all of our sins.
He became the Sacrificial Lamb of God who came to shed His blood for our justification. Isaiah 1:18 writes:
“Come on now, let’s walk and talk; let’s work this out. Your wrongdoings are blood red, But they can turn as white as snow. Your sins are red like crimson, But they can be made clean again like new wool.”
The cleansing of the outer temple was prophesied in Isaiah 1:18 and Isaiah 56:7. Unless we who are born again are cleansed with the blood of Christ, our temples will not be clean. Our bodies are no longer our own and we are to present ourselves before God as a holy and living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
When we were born again, our temples (our bodies) now became a house where God can dwell because of the cleansing of our temples with the blood of Jesus that was shed for us. And God said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7).
We are now the living, breathing, and walking individual houses of God who have now become His houses of prayer both individually and collectively as we “become one in the unity of the faith.” No longer as a Member of the Body of Christ can we individually or collective afford not to cleanse our houses with the blood of Christ daily.
The prayer of the righteous avails much, and God is more than willing to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness through the blood of Christ so we can walk upright and blameless before Him in love. We are the houses of prayer that Jesus had in mind when He cleansed the outer court by chasing the worldwide marketplace from out of His Father’s house. God be with You … Selah …