Jesus and The Money Changers

Well it’s the Christian festival of Easter tomorrow and so I though I’d bring forth some scripture for those of that creed.

Jesus, whether real or not, is remembered for being a gentle, peaceful, and forgiving being.

“Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”  (Luke 23:34) as he was being savagely murdered by the Roman soldiers, for example.

However, this legendary peaceful soul/being was none too pleased when he met the money changers; that era’s equivalent of the Rothschild’s of the world.

“And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 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; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise” (John 2:13-16).”

The Bible also writes about those of the same ilk as Rothschild.

“Oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, lends at interest, and takes increase; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominable things; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself “(Ezekiel 18:12-13).

So, for those that inform me that I shouldn’t encourage the death of Rothschild and his evil minions, I ask you this very simple question:

What would Jesus do?

Happy Easter.

34 comments to Jesus and The Money Changers

  • Nice piece.

    “With the love of peace and mercy, Let Christ Be Our Guide!” – Throw The Money Changers From The Temple – http://notionalvalue.blogspot.com/2011/12/throw-money-changers-from-temple.html

    JESUS FLIPS (many coins): The Monetary System Is The Most Important Issue Of Our Time – http://notionalvalue.blogspot.com/2012/01/jesus-flips-many-coins-monetary-system.html

  • trailhiker

    Good stuff Gareth! Jesus was a man that came with a great message for humanity of becoming, what SS so often menitions, of “becoming ones highest and best self”! No matter your belief and faith, he had a great message for the masses!

    • Jack Russell

      Baloney! Jesus was God AND man. His message was about DYING to ones self. NOT ‘becoming’ but rather ‘being made’ a NEW creature. His message for the masses is, “I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life. No man comes to the Father BUT by Me. His message was ‘repentence’. Repentence means to turn to a different way because of the recognition of the futility of the way you’re on. The Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is destruction.” The ‘way that seems right to a man’ is all the ‘good and honorable ideas and practices’ that we deem as profitable. HIS way is to recognize that our individual relationship to God is alien and condemned. ONLY by the pure shed blood of Jesus Christ is there a payment for our sinful condition. This payment is a gift OFFERED. But few will accept it. Most of us think we can contribute something to the gift. If the free gift of Christ’s salvation through his shed blood is NOT accepted purely of its own redemption, the message is missed, the forgiveness cannot be added to our own perceived righteousness. So, learning anything or practicing anything can avail NOTHING without fully surrendering all our contributions and accepting the complete salvation of Christ. The SECOND birth, becoming a child of the living God. “For what profiteth it a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul.”

      • bob

        When was your last visit to the mental health clinic? You raving lunatic

        • Jack Russell

          1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

          And thank you, Bob. The cool thing about the Bible is how complete it is for addressing what a Christian will confront. The apostle Paul said in the first chapter of Philipians,

          27Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel

          28without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.

          29For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,

          30since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

          Truth isn’t ‘lunacy’. I didn’t ‘conjure’ these concepts. I’m just thankful to have been taught God’s word. By that very understanding, I expect to be viewed with a jaundiced eye by those who are spiritually blind, like you, Bob.

  • Yes, I feel that the story of that day in the temple was probably well underwritten by John. “And when he had made a scourge of small cords”, by itself shows us that HE was physically upset with this use of the temple. HIS association of the temple of worship to the temple of God within man further set HIM to a course of exposing the vileness and sinfulness of greed, pleasure, exploitation and disregard for those things which God has bestowed upon man.
    The particulars of the story and history of Our Lord and Saviour are debatable. One thing is for certain, There IS Wondrous Power in the Blood of Jesus Christ.
    Great writing Garth!

  • Steve G

    Gareth, “Jesus, whether real or not,” um… you are either married or you are not, Jesus whether real or not…. what do you believe? Take a stand don’t pander me. …”for those in that creed”, Jesus is real and it is a faith, not a creed or religion.

    Celebrate Easter, he is real.

    • “what do you believe?” Many things, bud. I also believe there’s nothing puzzling to the fact that those in the far east believe in Buddha, whilst the ‘Western’ world primarily believes in Christianity. Just culture, my friend.

      I do believe in ‘good’ and ‘evil’.

      ‘Jesus’, for me personally, is an idea of ‘good’. Makes no difference whether a man actually walked the earth named Jesus and died then ascended into heaven.

      ‘Good’ is spoken of in many contexts.

      Peace, my friend, peace.

      Happy Easter

      • Jack Russell

        Then, you don’t know enough about Jesus. He was either a lying charlatain, an egotistical con-man or He was the Son of God, incarnate. If you find so much value in someone who claimed to trump any other laudable man or belief, then you should know that He himself ruled out any other as worthy of worship, so either Jesus is good and you don’t know him or Jesus is a self-promoting liar and you don’t know him.

        • Gareth

          “so either Jesus is good and you don’t know him or Jesus is a self-promoting liar and you don’t know him.”

          :-)

          Nothing more controversial than religion, Jack.

          I went to a convent Catholic School, bud…think I’ve read enough scripture.

          ‘Jesus’ is how ‘good’ was presented to you. It’s probably also how you understand ‘good’.

          There are many ways to understand the nature of good. Do you believe all those Buddhists are intrinsically evil beacuse they don’t believe in Jesus? What about the Muslims who believe Jesus was a prophit and not, as you understand it, as the God’s son? Or the Hindhu’s, the Sikh’s etc.

          What about the agnostics and atheists that do a lot of ‘good’?

          ‘Jesus’ is a word and words trigger concepts. The word ‘Jesus’ may be different for you than the person sat next to you in Church :-) Seriously!

          Chill.

          Happy Easter and may your God be with you.

          • Jack Russell

            Not only are all those Buddhists ‘intrinsically evil’, so is everyone else in the world whose ‘goodness’ is based in their own righteousness. We died to goodness as heirs to Adam. Our only ‘way’ back to righteousness is as a gift of the redemption of the blood of Christ.

            The apostle Paul explained, ‘there is NONE righteous, no, not one’. So, yes, its pretty clear. Either YOU are right and there are lots of laudable works and people who practice them, or I’m right and none of us is ‘good’. Oh, and that same Bible tells us that ‘All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.’ And that ‘the wages of sin is death’. Death, defined as etersnal seperation from God. That winds us back to Jesus the ‘Christ’s position that He is ‘the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me’.

            So, this Jesus, you know, ‘They Christ’, (do you know what ‘The Christ’ means?) Was a horrible, lying conman or he was who he says he was and NONE of the rest of us has any redeemable quality, absent a relationship with him through His graciously and freely offered gift of his redeeming blood sacrifice.

            • Gareth

              I disagree, but each to their own. I’ve met many kind and loving Buddhists, and Muslims in my life.

              To me, Jesus was a dude.

              I’d sit down with him, have a pint of home brew and big spliff, and chate about all of ‘God’s’ wonderful and beautiful creations :-)

              Good luck, Jack.

              Peace

            • Rojelio

              Excellent move by all those Christians who helped propel us to war with Iraq. If there’s one thing we can count on is the dumb ass fake Christians to vote for bombing the shit out of Iran. You know, just like Christ would.

  • Country Codger

    Great article Gareth,
    I don’t anyone doubts Buddha lived, or Mohammed lived or Jesus lived. The argument begins when they “died”. There is a temple dedicated to Jesus in India because it is believed by the Hindus that he learned to “ascend” there. The Koran tells stories about Jesus that the Bible does not. It also goes into detail about Joseph that is only found in books other than the “canon” of the Bible.
    My brother believes that the king James version is “divinely inspired”. I believe that the pedophile was so worried about keeping his kingdom that he perverted the tranlation of the Bible. I study and LOVE the Geneva Bible. (1599) Don’t condemn the Geneva Bible until you have read it through and through.
    Good luck and God bless you all.
    C.

  • lastmanstanding

    G…great job for an agnostic!…or err…an antagonist?

    seems like this article for some was alittle of both!

    any kickin yet?

    • I believe it’s important to question people’s beliefs, my friend.

      Most people cannot fully explain how they understand the nature of things……….indoctrinated at childhood.

      So long as there is ‘my God is better than your God’ then we can have peace.

      Peace

      • Sorry, “So long as there is ‘my God is better than your God’ then we can have peace.”

        Should read, “So long as there is NO ‘my God is better than your God’ then we can have peace.

    • Plenty of kicking my friend. Leanne is kinda big these days too :-)

      First one, so I’m excited and also kinda shitting myself.

      My best bud says it won;t fully dawn on me ’till after the birth.

  • Archangel

    Unbelievable. Gareth, any Christian who believes in the life and message of Jesus would not make statements such as Jack Russel has. You can read the anger in his message. If the journey of a Christian is to share the word of Christ, they would not attack you for doubting or making statements like you have. Actually, it is welcomed. That is the whole point, to share, not impose our beliefs on others. Imposing is not faith, that’s “religion”. Anyone who memorizes enough Bible verses can spout scripture and tell you why you are wrong. It takes a loving heart and an open mind to listen and civilly discuss matters of faith. Jack Russel does not represent Chistians of faith but Christians of religion. I too know Muslims and Buddhists that are loving, kind and people I would never hesitate to support and call my friends. Jesus didn’t beat people up verbally for not believing. He simply led by example. That’s what we are to do. Lead by example. Jack Russel, for as much as he might believe he understands the Scriptures, has alot to learn about that. Some people are so heavenly minded but no earthly good. God bless brother.

  • Well you sure generated a lot of commenents by saying “Jesus whether real or not?”

    Jesus is a Historical Fact so you saying whether real or not doesn’t fly – at least not in my book.

    Unlike many so called religious leaders of the past and present Jesus said to his diciples (paraphrased), ” Hey, if they don’t believe shake the dust off of your shoes and move one.”

    Actually something I would totally expect of Jesus having studied the Bible for so may years now. Want a hero? Pick Jesus.

    He didn’t say (like some)If they don’t believe our religion CUT THEIR HEADS OFF”

    John 14:6 – it’s entirely up to the person whether they believe it or not.

    Be well and prosperous – you deserve it and God wills it.

    Robert

    • Historic fact? There’s some evidence indicating that the Romans arrested and crucified a man called Jesus from Nazareth.

      However, have you ever heard of the concept ‘Chinese whispers’?

      The bible was compiled a long time after Jesus’ death and there’s also some rumours that more than four gospels existed……..each with a slightly different slant.

      I believe in ‘Jesus’, just not necessarily the bible version.

      Peace

      • That my friend is totally your prerogative but all beliefs have consequences.

        Peace to you too.

        Robert

        • ‘Jesus’ or ‘God’, or what I usually just refer to as the ‘universe’ knows what I believe, i.e. knows my soul. I’m sure you’ll agree that is all that is important :-)

          Good luck, Robert.

    • Andy in the UK

      @ Robert,
      I’m Interested to know what religion has it written in their holy-book that ‘heads should be cut off’ for not believing.

      I have read the books of all three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and I cant remember coming across that one. There was a lot of reading done so I may have missed it…….. (dont worry if you cant find the instructions for decapitation written anywhere, I doubt there are any).

      Anyway, in these days of universal hate, confusion, and creeping global war, it has become common to be divided along ethnic or religious lines, indeed it is common to view Jews as ‘money changers’, Christians as ‘war mongering imperialists’, and Muslims as ‘savage terrorists’. So, if you think, as I suspect, the head chopping is a Muslim thing, you are not alone. I am sure there are a lot of native Americans who thought the actions of the British and then the US army were representative of Christian teachings, or the Africans for that matter, then dont forget the Iraqis, and then there was the…………

      Be careful not to judge (as has become common today) an entire religion by the actions of some murderous fanatics, lest we too be judged by those same standards, and woe, after the wars of choice our nations have caused, I fear our judgement will be terrible indeed.

      @ Gareth,
      Interesting post, but you took the risk of opening the proverbial can of worms. I was always taught that if you wanted a quiet life, never to discuss religion or politics, and never ever together and at the same time. You are a brave man.

      All the best.

      • Bravery is just being yourself these days, bud. I do have balls of steel though :-)

        “A brave man risks no more than a coward” Napoleon Bonaparte

  • “Politics and Religion”
    I love a good debate! ..heehe!”
    Garth, give your wife a big HUG and your baby a big Pat for me, you’re alright in my book, my man.
    PP

  • does not the Quran state to kill all infidels? An infidel according to them is one that does not believe in Islam. Their method was/is beheading.

    Anyone that does not want to discuss Politics or so called “Religion” eveidently does not know enough about the subject and therefore uses the that old cliche – never discuss politics or religion.

    Unfortunately I do not have time for this ping pong discussion but be well

    Robert

  • A biblical scholar, I am not.

    What would Jesus do?

    Jesus would do the same today. He would run them out. He would not kill, nor encourage death by another hand. Run them out and then; do not partake in their enterprise.

    “”He shall not live. He has done all these abominable things; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself “(Ezekiel 18:12-13).”

    Death is brought on by “he” himself. By doing these abominable sins “he” has killed his own soul and will suffer eternal destruction; damnation.

    “his blood shall be upon himself” he is the perpetrator; the destroyer of his own soul. You need not do a thing except ignore him.

    “WHEN THE POWER OF LOVE OVERCOMES THE LOVE OF POWER, THE WORLD WILL KNOW PEACE.” – James Marshal Hendrix

    http://notionalvalue.blogspot.com/2012/03/we-love-you-iran-israel.html

    To the peacemakers – Bless you.

    • A very civil response, indeed.

      “Run them out and then; do not partake in their enterprise.”

      Of course, they are parasites and parasites cannot feed without a host body:

      http://dont-tread-on.me/?p=13201

      As for making peace with Rothschild and co – good luck with that one, dude. I doubt they can be changed, I might be wrong, but I don’t think they can change course after centuries of planning.

      Perhaps their minions can be reasoned with?

      Peace

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