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Bible story: The temple as a house of prayer

Creative activities based on the Bible story of The temple as a house of prayer

Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-18, and Luke 19:45-46 describe the event, when Jesus enters the temple in Jerusalem and becomes outraged by the merchants and money changers who have set up shop there. He drives them out, saying "My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you make it a den of robbers."

The event highlights Jesus' zeal for the purity of worship and his authority as the Son of God. It also foreshadows his eventual sacrifice as the ultimate atonement for human sin, which would make possible a direct connection between God and humanity.

We have compiled a range of creative ideas and activities below that relate to this Bible story. These resources are designed to help you share this important message in an engaging and interactive way, whether you are a children's ministry leader, a Sunday school teacher, or a religious educator in a Christian primary school.

Our activities below are suitable for use in various settings such as church children's programs, children's ministry, catechism classes, children's services, Bible clubs, vacation Bible school, and Sunday school, and will help students understand the relevance of the Bible to their lives, and the importance of applying its teachings in practical ways.

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