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What Would Jesus Do

31 Dec

Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves; and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. He was teaching and saying, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching. (Mark 11:15-18, NRSV)

Jesus enters the temple and sees the money changers and those selling animals for sacrifice for worship.

This was necessary because the temple had its own money and did not use Roman money. And people traveled long distances and did not bring the animals they needed for sacrifice and needed to get them somewhere. So these money changers and animal sellers were necessary for worship.

But they were taking money from the people rather than leading them to worship.

They were using the people to make money. We are not in the business of making money. We are in the business of connecting people with God.

So always remember that Jesus calls us to lead others to God and if that means the table needs to be turned, then the tables need to be turned.

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