The cleansing of the temple is associated with the Monday before Jesus died for us. The word “cleansing” might make it sound pleasant, but make no mistake: This was an act of judgment. The Lord visited and found the temple system wanting. You can see this even more clearly in the closely-related cursing of the fig tree.
We know that the sin of the temple religion was legalism - piling up rules and making it hard for people to enter heaven. This made the temple unfruitful.
That’s probably not our sin. What verdict would the Lord render on OUR church? Or on YOUR life? Would it be a lukewarm attitude, leading to unfruitfulness? Or even outright rebellion against him? Let’s pray about that, and be ready to repent!
See Matthew 21:12-22 to read about these events.