Jesus said, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”
In other words, Jesus was saying here that God’s presence, His dwelling place, is a place where people of all nations can connect with Him. But it has been made into a den of thieves.
Now, in what way is it a den of thieves?
A den is an isolated place.
The word “thief” that Jesus used is different from what we may think. A thief in that day was seen more like a revolutionary, one who was ready to use violence to bring about their nationalist dreams.
When Jesus entered the temple, He saw what the “thieves” had created it to be and, as with the fig tree, Jesus’ only word for the temple was one of judgement: its time is coming to an end.
Why? Because no longer would God’s dwelling place be in one location but within the hearts of His people.
The Spirit of God would break out into the hearts of all those who call upon His name.
All because of what Jesus was about to do on the Cross.
Reflect and Pray