September 8, 2011
Crikey! A challenging conclusion! Â Loved the post though :)<br><br><a href="http://deanroberts.net" rel="nofollow">http://deanroberts.net</a>
Jesus did not â€œLikeâ€ the moneychangers in the temple. He made a weapon, wove a whip out of leather straps, violently kicked over tables, scattered their money and chased them out of the temple porch area. Jesus did not like some of those listening to Him. he said, â€œyou are of your father the devilâ€. Jesus did not like some ministers, called them white-washed tombs full of dead menâ€™s bones. He did not like Sodom, warning that the people of last days would resemble residents of that bizarre city, he did not like those that proclaimed their own political correctness and righteousness in public squares. he did not like religious clothing. He did not like politicians. Jesus like a lot of things the Tea party likes. He liked a balanced budget, those who counted the cost, good stewards and savvy investors. He liked the Roman army commander, praising his faith. He depended on the wealth of a group of independently wealthy women like Herodâ€™s stewardâ€™s wife, who supported Him. He liked the poor, the down-trodden. He warned against the promoters of false religions, the false Christs, false prophets and messiahs and any shepherd that would try to get in to heaven another way. God so loved the world that He gave His only son but he did not wear out His like button on those who persisted in false religion, immorality, and economic irresponsibility.
John 2:13(A)Â The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus(B)Â went up to Jerusalem.Â 14(C)Â In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.Â 15And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.Â 16And he told those who sold the pigeons,Â "Take these things away; do not make(D)Â my Fatherâ€™s house a house of trade."<br>Rick I know you are fond of this passage to show that Jesus had an angry side, but I have to wonder if you have ever tried to get cattle to move through a gate without a whip or a stick or something to make a noise behind them or poke them. I have looked at all the accounts and cannot find a single one where it says he whipped people. Please give me the chapter and verse if I am wrong. I am seriously curious.<br><br>He might not have liked the behaviour of the money changers but he loved them enough to die for their sins.
The word is literally a lash (fragellion ek sxoiniwn), or whip. It is not a stick to drive cattle, but a lash. Lashes were used by charioteers to urge horses to run faster and they were used as punishment, but they were never used on lambs or goats or cattle. John does not go into detail about how this whip was used. My guess is that they and their sheep all ran before he connected with anyone. John only says, â€œJesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple.â€ (NLT). Suffice it to say, Jesus was extremely angry, (zeal had eaten Him up). And when a carpenter unacquainted with power tools runs at you brandishing a whip, you run. That is what â€œChasingâ€ is about. Then, with all the power that Jesus had, He â€œover turnedâ€ the tables and knocked their money boxes across the floor scattering their coins into the straw and manure.<br><br>â€œFor zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches and insults of those who reproach and insult You have fallen upon me.â€ Â Pslam 69:9<br><br>Â â€œMy anger will rise up to destroy them. â€The Lord of Heavenâ€™s Armies will lash them with his whip, as he did when Gideon triumphed over the Midianites at the rock of Orebâ€ Isaiah 10:26<br><br>God is constantly described in the Old Testament as one who brandishes a whip against people. Even in the New Testament. â€œFor whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Hebrews 12:5-7<br><br>But, of course, Jesus died for every last moneychanger. That is without question. He can still be angry, not "like" them or what they do, and yet love them. These are not mutually exclusive.
Very thought provoking post. Thanks for sharing.
I would never "Like" Jesus on Facebook, even if I did Facebook, which I don't. It is hard to go up into the hills to find some quiet time for prayer if 5000 followers can reach you via Facebook on your Blackberry. Maybe that's why the Incarnation happened when it did.
When I think about the Book of Life, it's sort of like the ultimate "Friends" list, with way more smart information than any social media can ever develop.Â I would think Someone with the infinite creativity to speak the world into existence and to create beings who also can make new things out of the raw material he created would "like" nature, arts, crafts, science, technology, sports, and other constructive pursuits. I would think a God who put eternity in the heart of the people He created in His image would "like" all the ways they reflect His personality and perspective even when other aspects of their lives need to be reconciled to Him.
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