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A New Thing

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Reading: John 2: 13-22

Verse Fifteen: “He made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area.”

Today’s passage is one of those instances where we see Jesus is mad. He creates a big ruckus in the temple by driving out all the merchants who sold animals for sacrifices and the money changers who exchanged coins so that people could pay the temple tax.

Although there was certainly corruption in these two systems, they did help facilitate worship for many of the pilgrims who came to the three yearly festivals. For some pilgrims it was impractical and for others it was just easier to buy a dove or sheep or cow once they arrived at the temple to offer the sacrifice. Many of these pilgrims were from foreign countries and their own coins with earthly images could not be used to pay the temple tax.

So it seems odd at first that Jesus would disrupt something that is helping people to practice their faith. Maybe it was because they were taking advantage of a captive audience. Maybe it was because they were inside the temple courts instead of outside of the sacred space. Maybe it was because the people were simply going through the motions instead of giving up an animal that really meant something to them. Ultimately, though, I think it was because they were continuing a system that must change. Jesus came to be the new system. He came to be the final, perfect sacrifice for all humanity. Jesus came so that people would have faith based on a relationship rather than on the rule-keeping, works-based system that had evolved.

Sometimes in our churches we also hold onto practices and traditions that are antiquated or are not serving their purpose anymore. When change is suggested it is met with resistance and questioning. Yet when we get stuck in some of our ruts, church feels stale, old, dead. It has ceased to be vibrant and life-giving. Yes, some traditions and practices still have great value and are great pieces of how we worship and grow closer to God. But not always. So may we trust into the Holy Spirit and seek the new thing God may be worked in our midst. Amen.

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One thought on “A New Thing

  1. GOD WANTS THE BEST FOR HIS PEOPLE. SIN HAS CORRUP MANKIND. WE MUST BE WILLING TO OBEY THE SCRIPTURES. PEOPLE HAS GONE AWAY FROM THEM. GOD DID NOT DESIGN HIS LAWS TO RESTRICT US BUT RATHER TO PRESERVE US. IMAGINE THE HORN TOOTING AND MASS CONFUSION, MANY MORE WRECKS AND INJURIES WOULD OCCUR THAN DO. HOLY HIS THE WORD OF GOD, AND WE NEED TO HEAR OUR PASTORS READ GODS WORDS. WE DRIVE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD. WE USE TURN SIGNALS TO LET THOSE BEHIND US AND IN FRONT OF US KNOW WHAT WE PLAN ON DOING. WE STOP AT RED LIGHTS AND GO AT GREEN LIGHTS. DRIVING LAWS ARE FOR OUR GOOD. HOW MUCH GREATER ARE THE ETERNAL CONSEQUENCEA OF GODS LAW. PEOPLE IN CHURCHES NEED TO TAKE A STEP BACK, AND JUST SHUT UP, AND LISTEN TO WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN THE PASTORS TO SAY. GET BACK TO READING THE BIBLE.. THE TRUTH NEEDS TO BE HEARD. WE ALL TO TO LISTEN MORE TO GODS WORD. AMEN

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