“13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.” Jn 2
How does it happen that a city full of Jews, the covenant people of God, do not see the error of turning the place of reverent worship into a place of commercialism and selfish enterprise! How many so-called Christians would say, “God doesn’t care; you are just being legalistic!”? Or how many would say the church is God household (Eph 2) and self-centered entertainment on Sunday morning is a sin? Does zeal for the house of God consume you? Or has the spirit of ecumenicism overtaken you so that just about anything goes because, as some say, “there’s no pattern in the new testament and nothing ‘prescriptive'”? To God be the glory. Bless you all.
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