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He spoke and His clear, ringing voice echoed through the arches of the temple.  It was the same voice that spoke the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai ~ the commandments these merchants were breaking.  Slowly descending the steps into the courtyard.  Jesus raised a whip made of cords in one hand and pointed with the other.  “Take these things out.  Do not make my Father’s house a marketplace.”
Then with an intensity He had never shown before, Jesus began knocking over the tables of the moneychangers.  The coins clattered across the marble floor, but no one stooped to pick them up.  No one even attempted to defy His authority.  He did not strike anyone with the whip, but to the guilty it seemed as frightening as a sword of fire.  The merchants and traders raced from the courtyard along with their cattle and sheep.  Priests and temple officers ran with them, thinking only about escaping from His presence.


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