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Welcome to Luminary Church! For first time listeners, my name is John Paul Mitchell and I founded this church to carry the Light of Truth into all the world. This is the third week in a series of talks about money and corruption in the world.
we learned how Jesus really opposed both the Jewish Temple taxes and the Roman Poll taxes. Unfortunately, his stance on taxation probably was a leading cause to his trial, fatal penalty, and widely publicized death.
After spending a few days with family, friends, and disciples in Capernaum, Jesus set out for Jerusalem. Upon arriving, he took a select group of disciples, including Peter\u2013 his personal bodyguard\u2013 to the Jewish Temple.
Immediately upon entering the sanctuary, the Rabbi revolutionist took a bundle of cords. He created a whip and fiercely struck the floor near the moneychangers. He continued whipping the thick cords until priests, merchants, and Jews began to run and scatter.
In a fit of violent fury, Jesus overturned the tables of the moneychangers. Coins went flying into the air and onto the ground. Roman, Greek, Jewish, and Tyrian money was scattered everywhere.
Again, Jesus made another violent outburst. This time he knocked over the cages that held doves. He also let loose cattle and other animals being traded or sold.
Jeremiah 7:11. Jesus was a master of Scripture. He was always able to rely on a valuable piece of Scripture in his remarks and rebuttals to prove his point. This is yet another reason the Sanhedrin council were intimidated and fearful of his ever-increasing congregation.
Jesus, usually portrayed as peaceful and wise, dramatically belies that imagery by attacking the moneychangers on their home turf. In fact, he resorts to a wildly violent act. If this same event happened in modern times, Jesus would be swiftly denounced by the mainstream media, labeled anti-Semantic and a hardcore terrorist.
scene occurs near the end of the Synoptic Gospels, which are Mark, Matthew, and Luke. And it appears near the start in the Gospel of John, at John, Chapter 2, Verses 12 through 25. Some Biblical scholars theorize there may have been two separate incidents of a similar circumstance and act.
livestock and the tables of the Money Changers. They converted the standard Greek, Roman and Tyrian money for Jewish coins, which were the only coinage allowed for use in Temple ceremonies and activities.
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