Den of Robbers

“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘“My house will be called a house of prayer,” but you are making it “a den of robbers.”’” (Mat 21:12–13)

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild. We have a tainted view of Jesus handed down and watered down by generations of religion. It is reflected in the imagery we use of a pale, clean, somewhat feminine portrayal of Jesus.

He was a Jewish carpenter, rugged and masculine. He also got angry yet did not sin. In this Scripture, He threw many people out of the temple, and I am sure they didn’t want to go and did not go quietly.

There is a place for anger and strong action—in particular here when He was jealous and zealous for His House.

Quick Prayer: Thank You that there is a righteous anger and that it applied to protecting Your house. Amen.

 

Unequally Yoked

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness.” (2 Cor 6:14)

This Scripture, when taken to the extreme, seems to promote exclusion. We know this is not true because Jesus spent so much time with unbelievers and sinners that He was called one by the righteous folk of the day.

However, there is a point at which we can become entwined contractually or relationally in such a way that the diametrically opposed forces in the heavenlies are joined. Just as oil and water can’t mix, so the outcome of being unequally yoked in a partnership can be catastrophic. Make sure you take this truth into account before getting into bed with an unbeliever.

Quick Prayer: Please show me where this is relevant in my life, Lord. Amen.