Jesus in the *Temple

Jesus drove out traders from the Temple court. The *priests and teachers of God's laws came to know that Jesus was a danger to their *authority.

Marion Cooper

This study is one of a series of Studies in Mark’s Gospel in EasyEnglish.

A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.



Mark 11:15-19 (see Mark's Gospel in EasyEnglish)


*Jews had to pay money to the Temple each year. They had to use special coins. They had to buy perfect birds for *sacrifice. The people who changed the money and the people who sold the birds charged too much money.

People carried goods through the court. It was a short way from one part of the city to another. It was like a market.

People who were not Jews could only use the Temple court to pray. But the priests did not keep it right. Jesus taught that the priests were wrong to let bad things happen in the temple. So then the priests were afraid that the people would follow Jesus. And the priests were afraid that the people would not obey them any longer.

Questions to ask

V15   Who was with Jesus when he went into the Temple?

V15   What did Jesus do in the Temple? How did he feel?

V15   What were people doing that was wrong?

V16   Why did Jesus stop people carrying things through the Temple court?

V16   Do you think that made the people angry or happy?

V16   Who were the thieves that Jesus talked about?

V17   Jesus taught from *scripture. What was the good news he told the people?

V18   The priests and teachers knew that the scripture was true. But they were afraid and very angry. Why did they decide to kill Jesus?

V19   Why did Jesus and his *disciples leave the city in the evening?

Something to do

Jesus could teach from scripture. Can you learn some scripture?

Jesus wanted people from all *nations to be able to pray together. Do we always welcome people who are different from us?

The people were very surprised by what Jesus taught. What has surprised you about Jesus' teachings?

When is it right to be angry?

Words to explain

Authority ~ power or right to give orders.

Disciple ~ a person who wants to do the same things as another person and learn from them; a person who does what Jesus taught.

Jerusalem ~ the most important city in the land of Israel.

Jew ~ a person who is born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children; a person who has the faith of the Jews, called Judaism.

Nation ~ a large group of people who share the same history and language.

Priest ~ a special servant of God in his temple. Other priests served false gods.

Sacrifice ~ when you put an animal on the altar to offer it to God. To give something valuable, or die for someone, or for God.

Scripture ~ another name for God's book, the book of God's holy words, the Bible; the Old Testament.

Temple ~ Jews went to this special building in *Jerusalem to meet and talk to God.