Monday, February 15, 2016 Our Father who art in heaven
To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market! John 2:16
For the sacrifices prescribed by the Levitical code, performed during Passover. In the outer court of the Gentiles, merchants sold animals to the travelers because it was impractical for travelers to transport animals. Luther dubbed this “crass commercialism” (See American Edition 22:220) The moneychangers, Travelers had to have their money exchanged into the local currency for the temple tax, which required Jewish coins (shekels) without human images. The on-site bankers charged and exorbitant exchange fee.
In our world, we stand against many forces one of which is a culture, which night and day seduces us to define who we are by what we spend. A higher calling and a different standard call you. Your identity is now found in Him who called God Father and welcomes you to do the same.