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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Veneration For The House Of God

Bible Questions Answered:
“Did Jesus have to throw out the money changers?...”
Kitty/ Fayetteville, Arkansas U.S.A.

Bible Answer:
Bible Texts:

Yes, Jesus stated that

Matthew 21:13 NLT
“...My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have
turned it into a den of thieves!”


Old Testament Judgment For Irreverence:

Leviticus 10:1-3 NLT
1 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners and sprinkled incense over
them. In this way, they disobeyed The Lord by burning before Him the wrong kind of fire, different than
He had commanded.(Fire was to be taken from the altar of burnt offering.)
(Incense was to be offered only upon the golden altar, and by an officiating priest of the day- Exodus
2 So fire blazed forth from The Lord’s presence and burned them up, and they died there before
The Lord. (That is while they defiantly were in the sanctuary.)
3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what The Lord meant when He said, ‘I will display My holiness
through those who come near Me. I will display My glory before all the people.’” And Aaron was silent.
(Aaron, was the father of Nadab and Abihu.)

New Testament Judgment For Irreverence For The House Of God:

John 2:13-17 KJV (This cleansing of the temple was at the beginning of our Lord's public ministry.)
13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
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;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not My Father's house an house of
17 And His disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten Me up.

Matthew 21:12-17 NLT (This cleansing was at the close of our Lord's public ministry.)
12 Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for
sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves.
13 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have
turned it into a den of thieves!”
14 The blind and the lame came to Him in the Temple, and He healed them.
15 The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even
the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for The Son Of David.” But the leaders were indignant.
16 They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’”
17 Then He returned to Bethany, where He stayed overnight.

Mark 11:15-17 KJV
15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
16 And would not suffer (permit) that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the
house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Acts 5:1-11 NLT (Ananias and Sapphira)
1 But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property.
2 He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s
consent, he kept the rest.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to The Holy Spirit, and
you kept some of the money for yourself.
4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also
yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”
5 As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified.
6 Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
8 Peter asked her, “Was this the price you and your husband received for your land?” “Yes,” she
replied, “that was the price.”
9 And Peter said, “How could the two of you even think of conspiring to test The Spirit Of The Lord
like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they will carry you
out, too.”
10 Instantly, she fell to the floor and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead,
they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
11 Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened.

The House Of God Is To Be Held In Reverence, Because There The Presence Of God Rests:

Exodus 3:5,6 KJV
5 And He said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou
standest is holy ground.
(Not observed by Christians, but by Muslims.)
6 Moreover He said, I am the God of thy father, The God Of Abraham, The God Of Isaac, and The God Of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

Exodus 40:34 KJV
Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of The Lord filled the tabernacle.

Leviticus 19:30 KJV
Ye shall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am The Lord.

Joshua 5:15 KJV
And The Captain Of The Lord's Host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place
whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

II Chronicles 5:11-14 NLT
11 Then the priests left the Holy Place. All the priests who were present had purified themselves,
whether or not they were on duty that day.
12 And the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers—were
dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps.
They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets.
13 The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to The Lord.
Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised The Lord with these words: “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!” At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of The Lord.
14 The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of
The Lord filled the Temple of God.

Psalm 5:7 KJV
But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship
toward thy holy temple.

Psalm 89:7 KJV
God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about Him.

Ecclesiastes 5:1 NLT (Solomon)
As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless
offerings to God.

Habakkuk 2:20 KJV
But The Lord is in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him.

Matthew 18:20 KJV
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.

Hebrews 12:28,29 KJV
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.