Today’s New Testament reading is the focal point of worship: My Temple. Jesus addresses the holiness (setting apart from worldliness) issue. Note that He stopped everyone from using the Temple as a market place. The definition of a marketplace: an open space where a market is formerly held in a town. The arena of competitive or commercial dealings; the world of trade. When we imagine our bodies being the Temple of the Lord (Holy Spirit), and we have turned it into a marketplace, we should see the incongruity. How does Jesus judge whether the holy place is being used correctly? He uses the criteria of prayer. Is the place being used for prayers for all nations? If not, it becomes a den of thieves. A marketplace. Note how Jesus judges the marketplace. He calls it a den of thieves.
Mark 11:15-17 New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus Clears the Temple
15 When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves,16 and he stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace.[a] 17 He said to them, “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.”[b]