I think I must be the slowest Bible studier on the face of this planet. Sometimes I wonder if that’s horrible. (Some would argue “yes.”) However, I don’t understand how people can go through chapter after chapter, understand it, and retain it. (The retaining part in particular.) Perhaps I wasn’t blessed with such a mind, but in order for me to remember (and I never remember forever sadly) - I have to take in a little at a time. Do I want more? Yes. Yet, what good would it be for me to spend hours reading and writing- only to remember a small portion. I remember too little as it is.
God’s word is just… there’s just so much. How could anyone take it all in completely? It’s like eating a rich and delicious food. After a taste, you need a full serving. When you’re done with your serving you want another helping - but you’re so full as it is, it wouldn’t do you any good to try and consume more.
I’m not saying you can get too much of Scripture. As a matter of fact, you really can’t. I’m just in awe of people who can read and read and read - and comprehend, learn - and remember!
It just amazes me — about as much as the things I find in the Word.
Today I was reading in John and it never occurred to me that what Jesus did in purging the temple as it had been being used for merchandising needs to happen today. If you walk into a church building these days, you will find yourself face to face with bookstores and cafes, restaurants, and church promotion stickers, shirts, etc…
What was an outrage has become commonplace. Then I thought to myself. Where is the line drawn between providing discipleship resources (or an “atmosphere of fellowship”, note the quotation marks) and the blatant exploitation of the Body’s desire to grow? How can church institutions be wary of their motivations in providing the carnal things in a spiritual place?
I agree that the church building is not the church (Kingdom of God), but it is still the holy place where people gather together to worship God and learn in reverence the truths of the Word.
Jesus Christ was zealous over the temple - and as such - his actions overflowed with a desire for the physical temple to be made pure, attending to the things of God and not the things of the flesh.
I think it’s time that churches in this world stopped following what is commonplace or seemingly innocent - and evaluated the purpose of everything within its four walls and within the walls of each individual temple of the heart.
Disclaimer: I understand that Jesus had a purpose in this beyond the physical scourging (see John 2:17-25). I had always focused on this - as well as the implicated dishonesty going on in the temple. I was just thinking about its direct applications to the modern congregations and these short paragraphs were what I had seen. My apologies for not going into depth on its entirety.