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Jesus often rebuked people for
their sin, but on two occasions,
He PHYSICALLY MADE THEM STOP.
Both times, it was for selling
things in God’s house.
The first occasion was at the
beginning of Jesus’ ministry, right after He had performed
His first miracle.
“Jesus went up to
And found in the temple
those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers
of money sitting:
And when he had made a
scourge of small cords, HE DROVE THEM ALL OUT OF THE TEMPLE,
and the sheep, and the oxen; and POURED OUT THE CHANGERS’
MONEY, and OVERTHREW THE TABLES;
And said unto them that
sold doves, Take these things hence; MAKE NOT MY FATHER’S
HOUSE AN HOUSE OF MERCHANDISE” (Holy Bible, John 2:13-16,
means, “goods that are bought and sold in business”
(Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary).
Jesus thus declared that when people are SELLING THINGS, it
is MERCHANDIZING — NOT MINISTRY.
This point is extremely important, because the people in
Jesus’ day were no doubt justifying their selling in God’s
house under the label of
In Deuteronomy 14:22-26, the Bible instructed people that
lived a long distance away from the tabernacle, to sell
their animals that they were going to offer up to the Lord,
and then purchase other animals when they arrived there.
Based upon this passage, people
justified their actions.
By selling animals right at
the Temple, people from out-of-town would not have to search
all over for a farmer; and then search all of his animals
for a perfect one to sacrifice.
animals already there at the Temple for sale.
Jesus came along and physically stopped them, and rebuked
this FALSE LABEL of “MINISTRY,”
telling them not to make His Father’s house a place of
“Ministry” is also a false label
being applied to selling things in God’s house today.
Although the church
itself is not God’s temple today (Christians are), the LOCAL
CHURCH is still called “GOD’S HOUSE.”
“But if I tarry long, that
thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the
HOUSE of GOD, which is THE CHURCH of the living God, the
pillar and ground of the truth” (Holy Bible, 1 Timothy 3:15,
Many churches got started down
this wrong path of selling things when well-known speakers
came to preach for them, and wanted to sell their books and
Later, when publishers
began tampering with the text of the KJV, churches began
stocking Bibles to sell out of the Church Office.
Other books and recordings
were gradually added, until it outgrew the office, and the
was officially born.
The second occasion when Jesus forcefully stopped things
from being sold in God’s House, was at the end of His
It was right after Jesus’
into Jerusalem — and less than a week before He would be
Once again, “And Jesus went
into the temple of God, and CAST OUT all them that SOLD and
BOUGHT in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the
moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
And said unto them, It is
written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but
ye have made it a den of thieves.” (Holy Bible, Matthew
Jesus drove out BOTH the SELLERS and the BUYERS.
It was not just the
that was the problem, but the
— DO NOT SELL THINGS IN GOD’S HOUSE.
“And his disciples
remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath
eaten me up” (Holy Bible, John 2:17, KJV).
means “fervor, passion” (Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate
Jesus had great fervor and
passion to keep His house a place of MINISTRY — not
Jesus started the Church — not
a bookstore, or a coffee shop.
He never sold spiritual or
physical food — everything was always free.
Did Jesus charge the 12 apostles
to train them for the ministry?
Did Jesus charge the 5,000
to feed them?
Did Jesus charge the
multitude to attend His
Seminar on the Mount?
The pulpit is not the place to
advertise important truths for sale in the Church Bookstore.
The pulpit is the place to
freely preach those important truths.
“Hath not God chosen the POOR of this world RICH in FAITH…?”
The strength of the church and the
faith of its members is never going to be dependent upon how
many books they can afford to buy.
It will be dependent upon the
truth that is freely preached,
believed, and practiced by that
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain
conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But
with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without
blemish and without spot” (Holy Bible, 1 Peter 1:18-19,
“Dear Lord Jesus, I do believe
that you are the Son of God; that you are God Almighty in
the flesh, the Creator of heaven and earth.
I do believe that you are
the only Savior; that you died on the cross for me, and gave
your precious blood to pay my sin debt; and then you arose
from the grave the third day.
I do now repent of my sins,
and receive you as my Savior.
Please forgive me, and save
Please raise up my life
from sin and shame, and use it now for your glory.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
I just asked
and I desire to now live for Him.
God wants you to
now openly confess Him by
under the water at a good Bible-preaching church, and to
faithfully attend the services there.
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