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  1. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    One thing to take note of at the beginning of this lesson is that Jesus drove out both those who sold AND bought in the temple. I think we tend to see only the sellers as those are breaking Gods laws – but the buyers seem to be just as guilty.

  2. Paul A. Lytton says:

    MLD #1,

    Good point…. I do not intend to start differing opinions regarding the Sabbath being completed at the cross, but even while it was to be enforced, a person was not only not to do things themselves but not to do things that would cause another person to do things that would break it. My point is that if there were no buyers at the temple (taking the easy way of having a sacrifice to give) there would not be any sellers.

    Thank you for bringing this up for me to focus on. I needed this.

  3. Jean says:

    “My point is that if there were no buyers at the temple (taking the easy way of having a sacrifice to give) there would not be any sellers.”

    I think we may miss the problem if we’re not careful. Buyers were not per se “taking the easy way out.” Most people were not in a position to schlep a lamb across the Roman Empire to the Temple for Passover. That was not the problem.

    The problem was: “He said to them, ‘It is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”'”

    We could go further into this; here is Luther’s take (on the Temple and the Church of his time [and ours?]):

    “Avarice covered with the veil of religion is one of those things on which Christ looks with the greatest indignation in His Church. Merchandise of holy things, simoniacal presentations, fraudulent exchanges, a mercenary spirit in sacred functions; ecclesiastical employments obtained by flattery, service, or attendance, or by anything which is instead of money; collations, nominations, and elections made through any other motive than the glory of God; these are all fatal and damnable profanations, of which those in the Temple were only a shadow.”

  4. Paul A. Lytton says:

    Thank you Jean for the information. I tend to go only as deep to reach an understanding as possible because I am not as knowledgeable as you guys are. Plus I usually stop at the point of coming to ‘an’ understanding, instead of focusing in on the ‘specific’ understanding of the issue at hand. I realize that this can be dangerous but it has helped me in increasing my relationship with God. I very well may be wrong, but I consider this as me being lead by the Holy Spirit to instruct me with what it is that I need to apply toward my daily life at that particular time.

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    If nothing else, this passage lets us know that there is a right way and a wrong way to do church.

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