When Jesus clears the Temple in the Bible, it is not just to protect the people from being defrauded. Yes, the religious leaders had set up scams to make money off the people who came to the Temple to worship God. They were committing sins against the very people they were supposed to lead. This is bad. But this evil is not what Jesus comments on when He fashions the whip, turns over the tables and drives out the money changers.
Rather, as He is driving them out of the Temple Jesus says that they have turned His Father’s house into a house of trade and a den of thieves. They have brought the evil, the profane and the ugly into a place that was supposed to be completely holy. They stand in the way of people coming to worship God. The disciples even quote Psalm 69 and say that it is “Zeal for His house” motivating Jesus. The good consequence, the protection of His people from evil is the result of Jesus’ pursuit of holiness.
In the New Testament, both believers individually and the church are called the Temple of God. Our lives and our churches are to be holy or set apart for Jesus. Does zeal for God’s house consume us? If we are like Jesus and pursue holiness in our individual lives and in our churches first, above all else, the effect in the world around us will be noticeable and immediate.
As Jesus put it seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and the rest will be added to you!