Turning the tables

Christ Jesus was immediate in rejecting any form of error. He wasted no time in clearing the temple in Jerusalem of moneychangers as well as of vendors selling oxen and sheep. The Bible reports, "When he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise." John 2:15, 16.

Is this merely an incident that happened two thousand years ago—interesting as Bible history but not significant to our experience today? No! The admonition "make not my Father's house an house of merchandise" sets forth a rule that is imperative for us to understand and utilize. When obeyed, this rule enables us to drive out any belief that material ways and means of dealing with God and our fellow humans could be legitimate.

Be a David, not a Goldilocks
January 4, 1982

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