Wednesday September 26, 2012

Christ entered the temple and ran the bad guys out. We call it “cleansing the temple.” Here is how the Bible describes it.

    And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, Matthew 21
    And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; Mark 11:15-19
    And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; Luke 19:45-48
    And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And 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. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. John 2:13-17

We want to look at a few things through the eyes of the hidden treasure. First, we have the “temple.” In Ephesians 2:21, it is defined as “God’s church.”

“Sellers and buyers” are next mentioned. Isaiah 55:1 tells us that this is a process of giving and receiving religious instruction.

Then we have “tables.” Isaiah 30:8 shows that “table” means a “bible,” could be good or bad.

Now we have “moneychangers.” We are going to take apart this compound word. We’ll take “money” first. Exodus 21:20-21 indicates this to be defined as “servant,” sometimes.

For “change” we will go to Leviticus 27:10. There we find the word rendered “alter,” which is a good understanding.

The last word is “dove.” The definition for this word comes from Matthew 10:16. It is you and I, my friend.

To paraphrase what we have found.

    Christ entered his church. There, he found bad people presenting as fact, religious instruction they had received from others, without proving it to be truth. They were using bad bibles, strange translations that had the hidden treasure taken out. The situation was terribly bad, for they were altering the thinking of the true servants of God with their deceptions. Christ found them fulfilling Revelation 18:13, for they were making merchandise of “slaves and souls of men.”

Here are some texts for you to examine. Prove all things.

He shall not   alter   it,
              nor change it,
a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: and if he shall at all change beast for beast, then it and the exchange thereof shall be holy. Leviticus 27:10

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves:
be ye therefore wise as serpents,
and harmless as doves.  Matthew 10:16

And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money. Exodus 21:20-21

If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man’s house; if the thief be found, let him pay double. Exodus 22:7

Israel [Achan] hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it [gold and silver, or, money] even among their own stuff [or, money].
Joshua 7:11

God Bless your Study

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