Souled-Out to GOD
It was inside the temple that Jesus used a whip to chase unwelcomed actions and motives outside. John chapter 2, where this account is found, says, “Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple…” (John 2:15). Why would he do this? There were merchants in the temple making money off of whatever they had. Jesus said unhappily in verse 16, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” So he knocked over tables, scattered coins, and scared animals and people out by means of the whip.
This relates to our everyday lives. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?” We find within ourselves, more often than not, a few merchants battling for our attention and trying to sell us away. These merchants want to imprison us to a new owner, give us a false identity, and cause us to be insecure. They don’t need to be there, for our body is the home of God, just as the temple was.
So what does Jesus do? He smacks the whip around a couple of times and, with his other hand above his shoulder, does a nae nae as he points to the door. And trust me, they watched him.