If Jesus Was Physically Here Walking, Would He Be
If Jesus Was Physically Here Walking, Would He Be
Jun 30, 2014
There are many churches, tents, and designated places used to rent, or are owned as a Houses of Worship on Sunday.
Many go there to pray to the Heavenly Father, fellowship, and lift Him up in praise.
It is a place we look forward to meeting as brothers and sisters in Christ to learn and to be taught.
I lift up the Lord in praising Him that we as a Nation have places to go to be together, and do not have to hide as some countries and peoples do.
But let's step back a moment and think. Are we doing as the money changers and merchants did in the courtyard of the Temple?
No?? Then I must be the only guilty one out there, but I doubt it.
I'm not here to point fingers or place blame and guilt, but to only open spiritual eyes, and ears to those that want to see and hear.
At one time I did not know, or never looked at it the way I do now,and now I do.
It is like not knowing the speed limit and flying down the road as fast as you can, then a speed limit is set and you have knowledge of it but still choose to go your own speed. We choose by our own free will to comply or not to comply, but also in having that knowledge we therefore will reap that which we have sown. Believe me when I say I will probably take ridicule or be ignored, but it comes with the territory in accepting Christ and doing His will. Don't think that He didn't take ridicule, because the chief priests and the scribes saw and heard and looked for a way to destroy Him.
Mark 11:15-18 (Amplified)
15. On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16. and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.”18. The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
I have heard many preachers and teachers preach this sermon. Mainly hitting on it to show others how Jesus respected and loved His Fathers' house, and was angered at what the money exchangers and merchants were doing. Jesus said, “IS IT NOT WRITTEN: ‘MY HOUSE WILL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATIONS?"
Appears pretty cut and dry to me. Then Jesus went on to say, "But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.”
This is were it's gonna get sticky and I am going to be stepping on a lot of toes, but if your going to get angry, don't get angry at ME, go and pick up your Bible and read it for yourselves! Then go and argue with God. The word of the Lord was made to be simplistic and easy to understand for the common man or woman or child. The only way it becomes difficult is when it is used out of context, or some choose to "bend the rules/laws" to fit their own function and ways.
Isaiah 56:7 (Amplified Bible)
7. All these I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.
Jeremiah 7:11 (Amplified Bible)
11. Has this house, which is called by My Name, become a den of robbers in your eyes [a place of retreat for you between acts of violence]? Behold, I Myself have seen it, says the Lord.
Why do you think Jesus was pissed off at all those within the courtyard?
1. First off as leaders of the Temple (priests and scribes), they more then anyone should have understood the Word of our Heavenly Father concerning the House of Worship, and set an example to the people.
2. The priests and the scribes KNEW He was right as He stood up before them in anger, and declared His loyalty to God and not to the church, for they had disgraced His Fathers house, and He was there to make it right! And He did!!
3. Jesus hit a nerve on the high and mighty priests and scribes so badly that they LOOKED for a way to kill him because they FEARED Him, because the people were ASTONISHED at His teaching!
Our churches, or anything WE designate to be a House of Worship is NOT to be a place to be used to sell merchandise of ANY sorts. They did not sell WITHIN the Temple, but in the Temple AREA.
But you say that the monies they made was for the Temple and for the Lord? In Jesus's eyes it did not matter! They were selling doves to the people that were taking it in to make sacrifice to the Lord but Jesus did not care!
"...Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there."
The MAJOR point was that it was a HOUSE OF PRAYER! Desecrated by the merchants, money changers, and those that were selling the doves.
The church and it's courtyards or any area we use to travel through to get to our place of worship should not be selling or taking donations for T-shirts, patches, CD's, DVD's, books or anything else that is sold by a vendor or merchant in a place of worship or fellowship. In so doing are we not also placing ourselves in the same situation the merchants did at the Temple?
Ask yourselves this question as I did. If Jesus was to physically manifest Himself and walk into your churches, tents, or your designated places of worship, would He be flipping over your tables and seats of the people designated to sell your merchandise, or collect your money? Is the "courtyards" of your "temples" that you gather to worship and pray in desecrating the House of God?
"16. and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts."
What we do, we do in the purest form of love and in praising the Lord and in seeking His blessings and growth. This is a time of growth and self awareness, and all though some may feel that this is of no importance, to God it is VERY important. If we cannot follow Him on the little things He has asked and required of us, how can He trust us to do the bigger things?
Please consider this as another road marker along our journey through life. Simple as it is............some will think and resolve........others will still choose to set their own speed. Either way....the choice will have been their own.