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Matthew 21:14

ESV And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
NIV The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.
NASB And those who were blind and those who limped came to Him in the temple area, and He healed them.
CSB The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
NLT The blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and he healed them.
KJV And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

What does Matthew 21:14 mean?

This is the last time in Matthew's gospel that Jesus is shown performing miraculous healing. It is significant that it takes place inside the temple. Some who are blind and lame approach Jesus while He is in the outer area of the temple, known as the Court of the Gentiles. We know this because those who were disabled in this way were not allowed in the inner courts or the sanctuary (Leviticus 21:18).

The fact that Jesus healed them in the temple implies two things. First, since they were no longer blind or lame, these people could now enter the inner courts. Instead of preventing them, Jesus made a way for them to participate by removing the obstacle that stood between them and the worship of God. He will soon do the same for those separated from God by their sin, all of us, by paying the price for that sin with His own life, making forgiveness and redemption possible (Hebrews 10:19–23).

Second, these acts of healing demonstrated that Jesus had authority over the temple. He had the authority to drive out the money changers and to make worshipers acceptable to God by healing them instead of merely barring them from entrance, as the Jewish religious leaders did.
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