BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER (LOVE) FOR GOD,
AND NOT A DEN OF THIEVES (EVIL) FOR YOURSELF
(1 Cor 6:19,20) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought [Gk: purchased: redeemed] with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
1. (1 Pet 2:5) Ye also, as lively [Gk: living, quick] stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable [Gk: well-received, i.e. approved, favorable] to God by Jesus Christ.
JESUS’ FIRST TEMPLE PURIFICATION (BORN AGAIN)
(John 2:13-16) And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge [Gk: whip] of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves [a symbol of the Holy Spirit, i.e., selling religious artifacts. Dove mentioned 4x in the Gospels: Mat 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32], Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise [Gk: a mart ("emporium") /// merchant].
1. (Prov 5:21-23) For the ways of man [all men] are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. His own iniquities shall take [Heb: catch in a net, trap or pit] the wicked himself, and he shall be holden [Heb: kept fast] with the cords [Heb: ropes: bindings] of his sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
JESUS’ SECOND TEMPLE PURIFICATION (FULLNESS OF THE SPIRIT)
(Mat 21:12-14) 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. And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them [with the fullness of the Spirit].
1. tabernacle = Heb: a residence (includ. a shepherd's hut, the lair [Dict: the den or resting place of a wild beast] of animals, fig. the grave; also the Temple); spec. the Tabernacle (prop. its wooden walls):--dwelleth, dwelling (place), habitation, tabernacle, tent.
JESUS’ THIRD TEMPLE PURIFICATION (RESURRECTION AND JUDGMENT)
(Mal 3:1-5) Behold, I will send my messenger [John the Baptist preaching repentance (Gk: to think differently)], and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant [Jesus Christ], whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire [Heb: to fuse (metal): founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try], and like fullers' soap [Heb: to trample; hence to wash (prop. by stamping with the feet)]: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver [symbolic of salvation]: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold [shepherds] and silver [sheep], that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, [oppress] the widow, and [oppress] the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
1. (Prov 9:10) The fear [Heb: fear; moral reverence: X dreadful, X exceedingly, fearfulness] of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
(Mark 13:1,2) And as he [Jesus] went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master [Gk: teacher], see what manner [Gk: of what possible sort] of stones and what buildings [Gk: structures] are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down [Gk: disintegrated, demolished: destroyed, dissolved, overthrown].
1. (Luke 21:5) And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned [Gk: decorated, trimmed] with goodly [Gk: beautiful, valuable or virtuous: worthy] stones and gifts [Gk: votive offerings], he said,
(Mark 13:3,4) And as he sat upon the mount [mountain] of Olives [that walked in His will] over against [Gk: directly opposite] the temple [that walked not in His will], Peter and James and John and Andrew [the four fishermen] asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign [“of thy coming, and the end of the world” Mat 24:3] when all these things shall be fulfilled [Gk: completed entirely, executed]?
1. (Exo 27:20,21) And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure [Heb: clear: clean /// to be transparent] oil olive beaten [Heb: to bruise or violently strike:-- beat (down, to pieces), break in pieces, crushed, discomfit, smite, stamp] for the light [Heb: luminary, brightness, i.e. cheerfulness], to cause the lamp [the golden candlestick] to burn always. In the tabernacle of the congregation without [Heb: outside] the veil, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it [Heb: arrange, put in order] from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel. (Exo 28:1) And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons.
2. (Lev 9:23,24) And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces. (Lev 10:1-3) And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer [Heb: a pan for live coals], and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange [Heb: foreign, profane; spec. to commit adultery] fire before he LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. Then Moses said unto Aaron [the father of Nadab and Abihu], This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh [near] me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace [Heb: quiet self, be silent].