Anger of Jesus: Cleansing the Temple! Driving Out the Money Changers — Lessons from Luke 19

Luke 19:45-48 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

45 Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; 46 and he said, “It is written,

‘My house shall be a house of prayer’;
    but you have made it a den of robbers.”

Isaiah 56:7, Jeremiah 7:11

47 Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.

References & Reflections

[1] learnreligions.com/jesus-clears-the-temple-bible-story-700066
[2] www.jesuswalk.com/lessons/19_41-20_8.htm
[3] www.jesus-story.net/the-money-changers/
[4] www.jesus-story.net/the-money-changers/
[5] www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-angry.html
[6] www.gotquestions.org/Bible-violence.html
[7] www.churchofjesuschrist.org/bible-videos/videos/jesus-cleanses-the-temple
[8] www.learnreligions.com/jesus-clears-the-temple-bible-story-700066
[9] https://biblehub.com/luke/19-45.htm
[10] Dr. Bill Barclay Commentary Gospel of Luke
[11] Isaiah 56:7
[12] Jeremiah 7:11

Jesus Son of God, Abraham to Zacchaeus — Christ and the Rich Man — Lessons from Luke 19

When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.”[5]

Luke 18:24-30

26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”

Luke 19:1-10 (NIV)

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

References & Reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle
[2] https://media.ascensionpress.com/2017/10/18/was-john-the-baptist-a-reincarnation-of-elijah/
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_will
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_and_the_rich_young_man
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/With_God,_all_things_are_possible

Ecclesiastes 5:8-20 The Love Of Money: Meaningless Distractions! — Gospel Light Singapore Sermon Video

Ecclesiastes 5:8-20 (NIV)

Riches Are Meaningless

If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still. The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.

10 Whoever loves money never has enough;
    whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
    This too is meaningless.

11 As goods increase,
    so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owners
    except to feast their eyes on them?

12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
    whether they eat little or much,
but as for the rich, their abundance
    permits them no sleep.

13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun:
wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners,


14     or wealth lost through some misfortune,
so that when they have children
    there is nothing left for them to inherit.
15 Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb,
    and as everyone comes, so they depart.

They take nothing from their toil
    that they can carry in their hands.

Job 1:21, 1st Timothy 6:7

16 This too is a grievous evil:

As everyone comes, so they depart,
    and what do they gain,
    since they toil for the wind?

17 All their days they eat in darkness,
    with great frustration, affliction and anger.

Job 1:21, 1st Timothy 6:7

18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.

Distractions

References & Reflections

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1dMRHWce0Y&t=27m33s
[2] gospellight.sg
[3] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ng_Teng_Fong
[4] entrepreneurialleaders.com/blog/130/Philip-Ng-CEO-Far-East-Organization–A-Billionaire-Familys-Christian-Enterprise
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Carol

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