Jesus was seen by the Pharisees and Sadducees as someone who was upsetting their apple cart. They thought there was nothing wrong with selling and buying in the temple, but Jesus overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves. Have things changed today? are there not Bingo’s, Bazaars, and Zumba Classes and the like with other things that are not teaching about God and prayer yet money is changing hands? His house is still the house of prayer and if He were walking our streets today He would be entering in and doing the same thing! (Matthew 21:12-13). And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Jesus speech was probably appalling to many and if anyone seeks His truth today they are reproached for it. The following words are hard to hear yet Jesus pulled no punches and as we would say today He did not hold back speaking the truth that needed to be said such as: Hypocrite, Wicked, and adulterous generation(Matthew 16:1-4). And when the man who had a son that was a lunatic came to the disciples for his healing and they could not Jesus said:”O Faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me”(Matthew 17:17).
Just think if we were to say the words hypocrite, wicked, adulterous, faithless and perverse today well there is no way we are a Christian then, yet these very words were spoken by the Son of the Living God! Paul knew he was an apostle (not of men, neither by man) but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead. (Galatians 1:1). He knew as an apostle of Jesus that spending time trying to persuade people was both frivolous and a waste of time, for he as well as any one of us who follow the truth found in Christ seek to please God and the gospel we preach is not what the world is used to hearing. Christ’s doctrine is completely different than the doctrine and tradition of men. To this day those who are of God hear His word when it’s spoken and they who are not of God do not hear us, but the voices of the world they do. (1 John 4:4-6). Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.