|A busy business area in Lucerne, Switzerland|
Those coming to the Court of the Gentiles where these sellers had set up their tables often needed to exchange their money so they could pay their tithe. However some of the moneychangers were cheating the people. Likewise, pigeons were used for sacrifice, but these merchants had set up shop inside a court meant for prayer. Seeing how these business people were taking advantage of God's name to sell their wares, Jesus became angry and drove them out.
|Courtyard restaurants and businesses in Munich, Germany|
There is no shame in making a profit in business if it is done with integrity because God has called man to labor on this earth. However, to name the name of Christ in one breath and steal, back stab, lie or cheat in another brings dishonor to our Lord. It is time for all who serve in the work force to examine themselves before the Lord. May we never be found to be a money changer using the name of the Lord and taking it in vain to promote ourselves or our work. Instead, I pray that God will make us humble, honest, and truthful in all our dealings that we may bring true glory to His name. Selah!