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The cleansing of the Temple John 2:13-22 Jesus’ anger was not about the sale of animals for sacrifice but about the misuse of power. The merchants were selling the animals at inflated prices beyond the means of the worshipers. The words he spoke while driving out the merchants carried a double meaning about the physical destruction of the temple and his own death and resurrection. Prayer: In creating me in your image and likeness, you made me a temple of the Holy Spirit. Knowing you dwell within me makes me strive to be very best I can be.