“and you may spend the money on whatever your soul desires, for cattle or for sheep or for wine or for beer.” Bringing money instead of animals was done a lot by the Jews while the Tabernacle and later the Temple existed. Animals traveled slowly and were cumbersome to herd along, so it made much more sense to sell the animal in one’s hometown and just carry money. Sadly, by the time of Christ, the greedy priests made the regulation that the “unclean money” of other nations could not be used in the Temple to buy animals for sacrifice, and so the priests established moneychangers who changed the foreign coinage into “proper Jewish coinage” that the people could use to buy animals to sacrifice. Of course there was usually no exact way to evenly trade the foreign money for the Jewish money, so in the trade, the priests, who controlled the system, always made out ahead and the people lost money in the exchange.
Jesus Christ knew that the whole system was bogus and only established to further enrich the priests, who were generally already rich, which is why when he went into the Temple at Passover time he turned over the moneychangers tables, drove the animals away, and called the place where they were “a den of robbers” (Mark 11:15-18; John 2:13-17). Those evil priests and Levites, and any person who behaves like them and takes advantage of others will not do well on the Day of Judgment.