Zeal for God

In the temple courts [Jesus] found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” John 2:13-16

A lot of people will tell you to ask yourself what Jesus would do. Well, this is one of the things Jesus did. He acted with zeal for God when He saw the temple turned into a market place.

He actually made a whip, and turned over tables of money. He was angry that people were buying and selling in the House of God.

Money and God don’t go together.

Jesus paid an enormous price for our salvation, but it didn’t cost a dime. It was His own body, blood, and pain, that bought us.

Jesus was whipped, mocked, beaten, His beard was plucked out, and a crown of thorns was pressed upon his head. He took the scorn and shame that belonged to us. Jesus was nailed to a Roman cross and He died a painful death for us. No amount of money could buy what Jesus bought for us — Salvation.

Many modern churches have become market places, where people try to buy their salvation. It doesn’t work that way.

Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!
No one can buy salvation. It has been bought by Christ, Himself.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We have earned death, but God gave us a free gift– eternal life in Christ Jesus!
Dear Jesus, thank You so much for taking my punishment upon the cross. You give life, and You give it freely. Help us not to equate salvation to something we can earn. Our wages are death, because we have sinned. By You, we have the gift of eternal life and forgiveness. That is priceless! Thank You!!!!!
-Dawn-
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2 thoughts on “Zeal for God

  1. Well said, my friend. The only exception I would take is that God and money do go together when it comes to giving to the chuch. We are to give our tithes (10% of everything we earn) to the church to help pay its bills. We give offerings to help support missionaries and for special events. Scripture says God loves a cheerful giver. Thanks and God bless.

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  2. Thank you for commenting. I agree that we need to be generous in giving to the Lord in order to promote His kingdom, and to care for the widows, orphans, and the poor. Jesus is our High Priest, and we should give everything we can out of willingness to help others find salvation through Him. We also need to be wise stewards and hold churches accountable for what they do with gifts of money. Reviewing the financial statements of a church is a good way to do this, in making sure that funds are used for the right purposes. Not all churches operate with integrity.

    1 Peter 5:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
    The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
    Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
    Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.

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