Indeed, something else is going on.
As Matthew Miller pointed out, the praise that is due to the Name of God from ALL nations was (and still is) being prevented by the action of the “moneychangers” who were exchanging God’s glory that is due Him for money’s sake.
His House should be called the “House of prayer” by all nations but instead it is being called a “den of thieves” by the world as they see the money changing going on inside. The nations of the world are to look at us and praise God above…but instead, His praise is not heard as they blaspheme His Holy Name because of the money changing they see.
Jesus “began” to cast them out…..and still is as the exchanging of the glory of God that is due Him for money’s sake is still going on.
Mark 11:15-17 KJV (15) 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; (16) And would not suffer that any man
should carry any vessel through the temple. (17) 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.
In John 2:15, we find that Jesus made a “scourge of small cords” which represents the tongues (the small cords) of the world lashing (in rebuke)of those inside the churches who are making merchandise of His people (the sheep). There is a public rebuke….public shaming… of the moneychangers inside the church as the world lashes those who are involved.
John 2:15 KJV (15) 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;
The “moneychangers” exchange the glory that is due the incorruptible God for the image made like corruptible man (money which has the image of man on it)…and His Holy Name is being blasphemed among the nations of the world because of it. The “birds”…the doves….represent the “peace” that they are selling when there is no peace. They say “peace, peace” where there is none. The “fourfooted beasts” are the sheep that they are making merchandise of as they go after the earthly things (the creeping things).
Romans 1:22-23 KJV (22) Professing themselves to be wise, they became
fools, (23) And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an
image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted
beasts, and creeping things
They seek first the earthly things as they only serve their belly and their glory is in their shame (as the world speaks evil of them…shaming them) as they mind only earthly things (what to eat, what to drink, what to wear).
Philippians 3:17-19 KJV (17) Brethren, be followers together of me,
and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (18) (For
many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even
weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (19) Whose
end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in
their shame, who mind earthly things.)
These are people who “sit” in authority in the temple of God (His people) as they do these things. They are rulers…shepherds…preachers. The Name of God is being blasphemed through them as they “commit sacrilege”…that is, rob temples.
Romans 2:20-24 KJV (20) An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of
babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
(21) Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not
thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
Again, the Name of God is being blasphemed among the nations through them as they see them doing these things (stealing, robbing temples, etc).
(22) Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou
commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit
sacrilege? (23) Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through
breaking the law dishonourest thou God? (24) For the name of God is
blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
Isaiah 52:5-6 KJV (5) Now therefore, what have I here, saith the
LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over
them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every
day is blasphemed. (6) Therefore my people shall know my name:
therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak:
behold, it is I.
The apostles labored with their own hands to support their own earthly necessities so that the gospel of God should have free course and be honored in this world and by this world.
1 Thessalonians 2:9 KJV (9) For ye remember, brethren, our labour and
travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be
chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
Paul showed the overseers of the church ALL things: how that working with his own hands for his own earthly needs would support the “weak”…the weak consciences of this world who blaspheme His Name when they see the preaching for money’s sake going on by the overseers of the church of God. We are called to “follow him together” in this.
Acts 20:32-35 KJV (32) And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and
to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give
you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. (33) I have
coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. (34) Yea, ye yourselves
know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to
them that were with me. (35) I have shewed you all things, how that
so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words
of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to
The apostles did forgo the power to reap carnal things from the churches they preached to so that the gospel of Christ was not hindered. They did not use this power to do so but instead worked with their own hands to support their own necessities so that the world would not have an opportunity to blaspheme God’s Holy Name nor the gospel.
1 Corinthians 9:11-12 KJV (11) If we have sown unto you spiritual
things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? (12)
If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather?
Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest
we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
The commandment of the apostles in the Lord Jesus Christ is to work with our own hands to support our own earthly necessities as they did so that the gospel is not hindered. They did forgo this power...gave up the right to do so... and we are to be followers together with them in this. They made themselves an example for us to follow them together in.
2 Thessalonians 3:7-15 KJV (7) For yourselves know how ye ought to
follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; (8)
Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour
and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of
you: (9) Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an
ensample unto you to follow us. (10) For even when we were with you,
this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he
eat. (11) For we hear that there are some which walk among you
disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. (12) Now them
that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that
with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. (13) But ye,
brethren, be not weary in well doing. (14) And if any man obey not
our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him,
that he may be ashamed. (15) Yet count him not as an enemy, but
admonish him as a brother.