Religious Machinery

Angry-Jesus

In first century Jerusalem there was huge temple for carrying out the Jewish sacrifices and customs. ¬†This was built according to God’s design/blueprint and the intention for it was to be a place of prayer, contemplation, and repentance. Like most things, the original intention for the Jewish Temple was far different from what it had become by the first century. The Sadducees were the ones that controlled the temple and its various components and had become very wealthy as a result. It would have been a hardship to come to Jerusalem from far away in order to make a sacrifice if you had to bring the animal all that way, and the animal had to meet certain requirements as well. Therefore they sold animals for sacrifice in the temple courts…and some have said that they were¬†very picky about the animals people brought in from the outside…insuring that they would have to buy an animal from the temple. Continue reading