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                                             Politically Incorrect Statement #9

 

John 2:13-17 (the same account as described in Matt 21:12 & Mark 11:15)

“And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, v.14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: v.15 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; v.16 And said to them that sold doves, Take these things away; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. v.17 His disciples remembered that it was written, 'The zeal of your house has eaten me up' (Psalms 69:9).

 

Comment: Moneychangers over-charged Jews from other lands to exchange their foreign currency for the half-shekel these foreigners would offer the temple in payment of their annual tithe. Usury is against YHVH's law regarding fellow-citizens, and since these Jews from other nations were brethren, it stands to reason that usury would be prohibited, (Deut 23:19-20, Neh 5:3-13). This passage and others are written of in Matthew and Mark as well but is unpopular since it depicts the Lord as an angry man using force to cleanse the temple. As though anger were a “sin” which it certainly is not when it is righteous. At least He didn't fasten lead tips to the whips used for tearing flesh from the body, as were used on the Lord prior to His crucifixion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     Politically Incorrect Statements #10 and #11

 

Rev 2:9  I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Rev 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.

 

Comment: John the Revelator's vision as given to him through Jesus the Christ on the isle of Patmos gave the example of seven churches situated in a geographic circle on Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). Of the seven, only two churches were found to be in good standing with the Lord. Not incidentally, these two shared one characteristic missing from the other churches' traits.

 

Rev 2:9  Refers to the church of Smyrna, Rev 3:9 to the church of Philadelphia. Judaizers had made life miserable for the apostles and their newbie Christians. These fake Christians were joining churches to spy on apostles and to sway people into adopting rituals and circumcision - those things made to bring saved Christians under the law again; that is, the very thing salvation and grace had trumped. Other Jews were riling up the populace with false tales, calling Christ Jesus apostate and contradicting His teaching. This action resulted in imprisonment, injury and death to Christian leaders. These same Judaizers were part of that group who wrote down the oral law/traditions - the Babylonian Talmud (mishneh/gemara). Most of Judaism since then has used the Talmud as its guide. It's these oral traditions that Christ condemned (Mark 7:8).