12 And Jesus went into the temple and drove out all who bought and sold in the sacred place, and He turned over the four-footed tables of the money changers and the chairs of those who sold doves.
13 He said to them, The Scripture says, my house shall be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers.
BOOTING OUT THE RUBBISH
Should Christians get angry?
Well, it says not to be angry.. but Jesus certainly was.. this shows us that we can be angry, but angry at what God is angry about.
There is such a thing as righteous anger, remember Jesus was sinless., this was not wrong what Jesus was doing.
This was taking place in the court of the gentiles, this was an area that was supposed to be set aside for worship, but had been turned into a place of commercial activity, and not one of high repute either, these merchants were fleecing the worshipers.
How many churches today have commercial activity going on within their walls.. bookstores, their pastors write books that are sold for many dollars?
What do you think Jesus would do if he came to your church?
Would he have to drive out the merchants from your place of prayer?
When churches become more like a business then they stop fulfilling their calling.
We sure need to clean house church and to remember that church is for reaching out to a lost world.. it is not a commercial operation.. it’s God’s operation to reach a needy and sin sick world.
The church in Ephesus was full of activity.. Jesus said that was good.. but they had missed the point.. it’s not about activity.. it’s about communion with God.. amen
1To the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Ephesus write: These are the words of Him Who holds the seven stars [which are the messengers of the seven churches] in His right hand, Who goes about among the seven golden lampstands [which are the seven churches]:1「你要写信给以弗所教会的使者，说：『
2 I know your industry and activities, laborious toil and trouble, and your patient endurance, and how you cannot tolerate wicked [men] and have tested and critically appraised those who call [themselves] apostles (special messengers of Christ) and yet are not, and have found them to be impostors and liars.
3 I know you are enduring patiently and are bearing up for My name’s sake, and you have not fainted or become exhausted or grown weary.
4 But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love].
5 Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.
Two final questions…
How angry would Jesus be if he came to your church?
What would Jesus get rid of in your church?
We need to get rid of the things that hinder us.. Amen.
Jesus was angry because the place of prayer was being misused in the temple. How angry do you think the Father is when he sees the prayer meeting side-lined in the church?
TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE AND TO MAKE THE PLACE OF PRAYER THE MAIN PLACE