Jesus walks into the temple and drives out those who were buying and selling there. (Luke 19:45-46)
And many, who seldom talk about Scripture, point to these verses to justify the violence in our country associated with the Black Lives Matter movement rioting.
But let’s not be so quick to fall for this.
If we look closely, we realize Jesus was driving out those who seek to profit at His House.
There is no justification for violence and looting to be found in this verse.
But there is more to consider.
Jesus goes on to say,”My house is a house of prayer but you have made it a den of thieves” (Luke 19:46)
Jesus called them “thieves”. They were thieves seeking their own profit and using things of God in doing so.
We need to all pray for discernment because there are many today who “peddle” the things of God to seek their own profit rather than His glory.
And they are, perhaps, more dangerous than anything we are facing right now.
Oh, they may use a verse or two, while they draw attention to themselves, clamor for the latest cause, hop on the nearest stage, and bask in the praise of men rather than the praise of God.
They are quick to tweet and post on politically-correct, world-pleasing topics, but they are strangely silent on subjects that may draw criticism from a lost world.
They twist the truth of God and exchange it for a lie. They seek their own profit and their own glory, and they are leading many astray.
Oh friend, test everything you hear by God’s Word. Walk in truth.
But to do this effectively, you need to spend time studying the Word.
Open it up.
As a child of the King, you have access to the best teacher of all time —The Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (Johm 14:25-27)