Bible Texts:

 Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19, Luke 19:45-48, John 2:13-22


Children's Bible Story sources:

"Jesus and the Temple Traders," DK Children's Illustrated Bible, p.258

"Jesus and he Temple Traders,” DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.296


Children's Story Resources

It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach 

A man talks with his rabbi because he is upset over the noise and busyness of his household. The rabbi offers him some advice that makes things a lot worse before they get better.


How these stories are connected:  There are people in both of these stories who are upset. Their expectations of how things should be are not met and they want things to be different. A change of viewpoint can make our upset vanish in a moment. These stories help us consider why people (and why we) get upset and help us think about what we might do in those cases.


Questions about It Could Always Be Worse:

     Why was the unfortunate man upset?

     What did the Rabbi tell him to do?

     What happened when all of the animals were in the house too?

     What happened when they left?


Questions about the Bible story:

     Why was Jesus upset?

     What did he do to stop people from buying and selling in the temple?

     What did the children do?

     What did the priests think of everything that Jesus was doing?


Questions about our lives:

     What do you do when people are really upset?

     What can we do to keep Jesus from being upset?

     What can we do to keep our church holy?



Dear Jesus, thank you for wanting the Temple and our church to be holy places. Help us to treat the church as a holy place. Amen.