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 ‘Do you think God will accept that?!
Look at the bruise on this wing… Is that all God is worth to you?
You expect God to listen to you when all you can offer is a second class sacrifice?’

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Sorry, we only accept shekels. The money changers are over there…’

 

 

 

 

The Temple – a place of exclusion and extortion.
A place where you had to pay to pray.
A place which called for commerce to communicate with God.
A place where people thought that poverty prevented prayers from being accepted.
A place where people thought that poverty prevented people from being eligible of God’s grace.

 Enter Jesus…

‘Do you think God wants this?
Look at the bruises on the hearts of these people… Is that what God means to you?
You expect God to like the fact that you are treating people like second class?!

God doesn’t take bribes. God is not taxable. The money changing stops now…

You have turned my Father’s house into a bazaar. You have deceived God’s people.

It stops now…’

2000 years on and yet people still feel excluded from the Father’s house
People are still made to feel that they are unworthy.
People are still made to think that they won’t be heard.
People still think they have the right to say who gets in and who doesn’t.

There is only one person who can make these decisions and his son is days away from death on a Cross…

In the words of the wonderful hymn by Carol R. Ikeler :
(Hymn 522 of Church Hymnary [Fourth Edition])

The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,
knowing they’re wanted and loved by their Lord.
The Church is wherever Christ’s followers are trying
to live and to share out the good news of God.

The Church is wherever God’s people are loving,
where all are forgiven and start once again,
where all are accepted, whatever their background,
whatever their past and whatever their pain.

The Church is wherever God’s people are seeking
to reach out and touch folk wherever they are —
conveying the Gospel, its joy and its comfort,
to challenge, refresh, and excite and inspire.

This is his Father’s house.
So be it…

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