Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
I have a question as the OP mentions and questions Money Changers from the time of Jesus.... What qualifies as a money changer? We have a Church here
and ..I'll leave it vague by saying they are a Church with means, to be kind. This church has a big flashy ATM Machine right in the lobby. It isn't in
Sanctuary, so they had a little class....but were the Money Changers of Jesus's time actually inside Sanctuary themselves? ..and what is the
difference between a Money Changer at a table and an ATM machine when they're both in the Church itself?
Thanks for the patience with my question... It really does strike me as soooo wrong..but I can't articulate in a scriptural way why that would be.
Step back and see the larger issue. Egypt was the place where Pharaoh enslaved the people. What was the progression?
Joseph and the Famine
13 There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine. 14 Joseph
collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace.
15 When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes?
Our money is all gone.”
16 “Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.” 17 So they
brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought
them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.
18 When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and
our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we perish before your eyes—we and our
land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not
die, and that the land may not become desolate.”
20 So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The
land became Pharaoh’s, 21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude,[c] from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 However, he did not buy the land of
the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not
sell their land.
23 Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground. 24 But
when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your
households and your children.”
25 “You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.”
Be assured, this is coming. First the tax, then the land and possessions and then the slavery. Carbon trading will be the mark of this new system.
Carbon units, of course, are people. Carbon has 6 protons, 6 electrons and 6 neutrons.
The entire story of the Exodus and the bondage in Egypt is a picture of the Earth today. Earth is Egypt. Our Exodus will be the Kingdom of God.
Where is the Kingdom?
19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and
worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. 20 But as for you, the LORD took you and brought you out of the
iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are.
Our inheritance is the universe. A new Heaven and a new Earth. Egypt will be the empty tomb. Who is refused baptism into the new land? Remember
that baptism is our immersion into the water of reality. Jesus said, You must be born again.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to
flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our
father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree
that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will
baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into
the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Continued in next post.
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