Answers for a Jew
Does Jesus fulfill the prophecies about Messiah? (part 8)
Jesus and the Temple in Jerusalem: «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 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, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up» (Jn 2:13-17). The underlying prophecy: «I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me» (Ps 69:8-9).
«And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves» (Mk 11:15-17; compare Mt 21:12-13; Lk 19:45-46). The underlying prophecies: «Even them [strangers] will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people» (Is 56:7) and «Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD» (Jer 7:11).
(to be continued)