Religious Machinery

Angry-Jesus

In first century Jerusalem there was huge temple for carrying out the Jewish sacrifices and customs. ¬†This was built according to God’s design/blueprint and the intention for it was to be a place of prayer, contemplation, and repentance. Like most things, the original intention for the Jewish Temple was far different from what it had become by the first century. The Sadducees were the ones that controlled the temple and its various components and had become very wealthy as a result. It would have been a hardship to come to Jerusalem from far away in order to make a sacrifice if you had to bring the animal all that way, and the animal had to meet certain requirements as well. Therefore they sold animals for sacrifice in the temple courts…and some have said that they were¬†very picky about the animals people brought in from the outside…insuring that they would have to buy an animal from the temple. Continue reading

“Tetelestai”

It-is-finishedToday is Good Friday…and there’s some debate over why it is called by this name. This is the day in which we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, Who is called the “Christ,” or we might say, “Messiah.” There is some debate over the name of the day in terms of whether it was originally called “Good Friday,” or “God Friday,” or possibly something else. Years ago, when I first learned of this day and its name, I felt like it was cruelly or insensitively named…I thought that perhaps it may even have been disrespectful or flippant…but I was wrong…very wrong…or rather I guess I just didn’t understand the big picture and why we can truly call it a good day…as well as a God day… Continue reading

Serious Words

tape over mouth

A recurring theme in my life revolves around words. The older I get, the more I realize how important and powerful words are, yet they are taken so lightly…so carelessly…so casually. Jesus spoke of the seriousness of this subject in Matthew 12:36, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak…” I am not trying to get into the depth of what was intended by Him in saying this, but I am instead simply focusing for a moment on the intensity of His statement…and the intended emphasis about guarding our tongue… Continue reading