2 Timothy 2:15 International Children’s Bible
Do the best you can to be the kind of person that God will approve, and give yourself to him. Be a worker who is not ashamed of his work—a worker who uses the true teaching in the right way.
Proverbs 20:23 Easy-to-Read Version
The Lord hates for people to use the wrong weights to cheat others. It is wrong to use scales that are not accurate.
There are so many men who can figure costs, and so few who can measure values. ~Author Unknown
I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well. ~Alan Greenspan
For the past several days I have been running hither and yon and back again, trying to sell Mother and Daddy’s jewelry, and some silver coins Daddy had collected. I had never done anything like that before. I was wandering in unfamiliar territory. I met some sweet folk and some shady folk, if you know what I mean. Pawn shops, gun and knife shops, and the like, can offer a look into a different kind of monetary exchange, especially for this naive southern little girl of sixty-two.
In the process, I returned to several of the shops and participated in respectful haggling. I found this surprisingly acceptable. I didn’t make great gains, but I didn’t do badly; and they definitely got a bargain as well!
I was reminded of the story of Jesus overturning the tables in the temple. I always thought this was an important story as it showed the human side of Jesus in anger. There are many lessons in this chapter in Jesus’ life, but for me, I see that to be angry is something God understands. Anger in situations you know are very wrong is understandable to God, even sanctioned. I may be totally wrong here; but it helps me to understand times when I’ve been understandably angry.
Now there are many more times I’ve been angry for no reason at all, or for selfish reasons, or for retaliatory reasons; all of the above are wrong on so many levels. Let me look more closely at these passages in the Bible.
Matthew 21:12-14 The Message
Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up shop, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of loan sharks and the stalls of dove merchants. He quoted this text:
“My house was designated a house of prayer;
You have made it a hangout for thieves.”
Now there was room for the blind and crippled to get in. [into the temple] They came to Jesus and he healed them.
Jesus put things to rights in the temple. He had to go out of His comfort zone; peace, joy, and love were His teachings; anger was not.
I thank You Lord for this story. I have experienced much anger in my lifetime. I have acted out in anger. I have spoken in anger. I have agonized over my lack of self-control. But this passage assures me that Jesus was indeed a man who in experiencing anger, can relate to me in my times of weakness. Bless You, Father, for the experiences Jesus lived.
Hallelujah Amen !