We entered into Holy Week, the journey towards Jesus’ arrest, trial, passion, crucifixion and death on Sunday welcoming him into Jerusalem as our rabbi, prophet, and king.
According to scripture, Jesus entered into the Temple chasing out those conducting business, flipping over the tables of the money changers, and teaching that the Temple had been transformed from a house of prayer into a den of robbers.
Historians argue that the account is embellished because of the ‘Pax Romana’ (Peace of Rome) policy paired with increased military presence due to the Jewish festival of Passover. If the account is not embellished, Jesus would have been arrested and contained immediately for disputing the peace.
Yet, Jesus acted in a manner that incited the religious elite, because the chief priests and scribes spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday attempting to entrap Jesus in a punishable teaching, hopefully one punishable by death.
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