Thursday, January 27, 2011

THE MONEYCHANGERS ARE ALIVE AND WELL

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:


Reading Mark 11:15-18 this morning, I'm amazed at the clear parallel between the temple in Christ's day, and Christ's Living Temple today.  


God's people are being built into a Living Temple, with each of us who are in Christ being a living stone, full of the Spirit of God, being built up together in the fullness of Christ into a spiritual dwelling for Him.


When Jesus came into the physical temple courts in Jerusalem, He was disgusted and moved to action by the buying and selling going on within it.  They had turned God's temple, His dwelling, into a marketplace.


So today, men turn God's living temple into a disgusting and self-focused place for the buying and selling of all kinds of things.  We have ignored our Lord's mandate, and He is going to act again as He did then.  Our blatant disregard for His Word has meant we have allowed those who want money, and fame and comfort from the gospel to profit personally from their "ministries" and to make a mockery out of God's house.  We also believe it's acceptable for men and women to build their own kingdoms within the Kingdom of God, with giant organizations that require the constant changing of money among the people of God.  Instead of glorying in the holiness of God, and focusing on Christ, and feeding one another, and clothing one another, and caring for one another in the Body, we are buying and selling constantly to keep ourselves in comfort, with our warm and cozy church complexes, and our large retinue of servants, meaning our pastors and administrators who feed off the churches.


Christ demands that we stop.  Those of us who seek Him will seek to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, and to make His house, this Living Temple He inhabits, a house of prayer again.  We must learn this truth about the Body of Christ, or He will discipline severely those who flaunt His authority, as the religious Jews did in His day.


Love in the Lord Jesus Christ to all who focus on Him, and exalt Him today.


A. Brother

2 comments:

  1. The money changers have always been with us. It appears that they even have a role to play, in the building of God's Temple, albeit not the one they imagine. I especially appreciated your opening... "God's people are being built into a Living Temple, with each of us who are in Christ being a living stone, full of the Spirit of God, being built up together in the fullness of Christ into a spiritual dwelling for Him."
    In order for Christ to indwell us, He must fashion us into a suitable vessel. He must mold and shape us until we are just the right size to fit perfectly with all of the other living stones. It would be interesting to go to a quarry and see the process used in obtaining the stone and shaping it. From the stone's perspective, it is not pleasant. Great force is sometimes required to remove the stone from where it has rested. Hammers and chisels are not 'gentle' tools to have applied. I'm sure that if a stone could feel pain, it would cry out. We are much like the stones in the quarry. The Master Stonemason has begun applying the tools needful to pry us loose from our surroundings, break off all the uneven edges and shape us into what He desires for us to be. May we willingly submit to HIM, in all things, NOW.

    Zec 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. How humbling to consider that we are called to be HIS HOLY HABITATION!
    God bless, Cathy

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  2. Good stuff from the Lord, Cathy. Thanks.
    We all need to be submitting every moment, every day. We are "His holy habitation".
    A. Brother

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