Synagogue, Church & Money-Changers

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I went to synagogue as a child for the high holidays each year, then hurried out the door and back into my life never for an instant believing in God. I went to church as an adult on Sundays and other days, then hurried out the door and back into my life believing in the Lord but not studying His Word and following Him by forsaking my way of living my life and living His way for Him. If you are familiar with Jesus’ extreme anger when He overturns the tables in the temple as He throws out the money-changers who have made the Lord’s house a “den of robbers,” maybe you are not familiar with what the Lord has to say about this in the Old Testament as I was not. If you figured “den of robbers” does not apply to you because you are not a “money-changer”, you  might want to hear the rest of what Go has to say.

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“Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. 
Jer 7:9  Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 
Jer 7:10  And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 
Jer 7:11  Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.”

In the Book of Jeremiah, God is speaking to those who listen to false prophets and have the pride and audacity to march into His temple while all along breaking His laws and worshiping other gods. If you think God’s wrath is reserved for those people so very long ago who committed such acts, think again. Is He not speaking to us? How many of us march in and out of our synagogues and churches, and go running to Him in prayer when we need something, and toss His name along like He is our very best friend, all the while having the pride and audacity to live our lives contrary to His ways? Perhaps we do not kill people, but Jesus considers hatred to be murder. Do we hate? Perhaps we do not commit adultery, but Jesus said those who think of others with lust in our hearts commit adultery. And how about spiritual adultery? How about those of us who worship false gods, false religions, and the idols in our minds? How many of us even take the time, love, and care, to study God’s Word to even know what His ways are? Yet we go skipping off to our synagogues and churches, and go running to Him in prayer, or don’t turn our attention to Him at all not for even a moment, don’t we? We listen to the false prophets telling us our lives are fine, we are fine, everything is fine. Lies, lies, lies! None of this is fine. Oh, but the wrath to come!

The wrath and judgment coming upon this nation, and upon this world, and upon each one of us individuals who do not throw ourselves at the feet of the Lord crying out in repentance with heartfelt commitments to follow Him, calling upon the name of Jesus as Lord who died for our sins, oh the wrath that is to come! How foolish we are, how prideful, how lost and in dire straits we are, those of us who continue to march through our lives as though they are own, not receiving from Him the great mercy and forgiveness and oh, the love, He offers to those who would only believe in His name and follow Him for now and for ever. His mercy awaits – for those who will receive Him. His mercy awaits – for those who already know Him but have been walking our own paths instead of following the pathway He has set before us. Follow the Lord! Follow the Lord! Follow the Lord! It is time to stop walking in and out of synagogues and churches while all along walking in the wickedness of this world. Walk in the straight pathway of the Lord! Amen!

Luk 3:2  Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 
Luk 3:3  And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; 
Luk 3:4  As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 
Luk 3:5  Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 
Luk 3:6  And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. 
Luk 3:7  Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 
Luk 3:8  Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 
Luk 3:9  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 
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