This image of Jesus at the temple illustrates Luke 19:45-48, when it was Easter time, and God’s temple had turned into a trading market, showing no respect of that holy place. Jesus became upset and violently expelled sellers and traders out of there.
For us to better understand what happened to Jesus at the temple, we have to think about those times: when Easter was arrived, the Jewish law said people had to offer sacrifices at their temples in Jerusalem. Wealthy families used to offer oxes and lambs, and the poorer maybe just pigeons. But before their sacrifices, these animals had to get inspected by the priests who often rejected the animals if they weren’t bought at their temple.
When Jesus found himself at the temple, he saw that the sellers set those animals at very high prices and traders took advantage of the people who needed local change, and kept a great part of their money.
Knowing this angered him, and he decided to throw them out saying: “My house will be a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers.”
The story of Jesus at the temple, shows us that this kind of dirty business using God’s name, make Jesus upset. The same way Jesus got mad because God’s house wasn’t being respected, he also gets upset when a person attempts against another person or against themselves. The Bible says “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”