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Whatís Your Question? for Nov. 28

Why did Jesus use a whip?

When Jesus saw the selling of animals and exchanging of money in the temple, He took a whip and "drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changersí money and overturned the tables" (John 2:14-16). The leaders probably argued it was convenient to sell animals to those who had traveled long distances, and it was a good source of revenue for those serving the temple. There was nothing wrong with what they did, only where they were doing it! There are many good works individuals may do that are not works of the church (Gal. 6:10-13). What do you suppose Jesus would do about church buildings being used for social meals, basketball, and family life centers? He would probably need a bulldozer instead of a whip to clean house today!


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