Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.
"It is written," he said to them, " 'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it 'a den of robbers.' "
And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations' ? But you have made it 'a den of robbers.' "
"It is written," he said to them, " 'My house will be a house of prayer'; but you have made it 'a den of robbers.' "
Who has made the house of the LORD into a den of robbers? How has it been made into a den of robbers? What is the motive behind this irreverent act? What will be the consequences of turning the house of the LORD into a business centre? Did a "den of robbers" imply that it is where robbers gather, plan their robberies and share their looting among themselves. Is that the place they take cover? How will this bring God's punishment on us? If it is a house of prayer, then how come everyone obeys the sinful nature of the Devil there to be greedy and covetous instead? How come their families themselves own wealth and riches that they could boast with the world about? They have become cheaters in businesses and dishonest in all their dealings at work place? All these questions will be answered with the clearest detail. You will be able to see who are the actual robbers after this.
You will be able to see for yourselves how these robbers live very luxurious lives. You will be able to scrutinize what they and theirs own.Where did all the lootings come from? I thought that you were suppose to be busy making God's house "a house of prayer"?. But, obviously you have been busy making yourself a world-class robber. Why did the Lord Jesus Christ first say this? He said this when He saw them doing businesses of buying and selling in the compound where they had gathered, making the vulnerable a prey of their businesses. Their thoughts were only filled with money-making intentions all the time of the day. Nothing else filled their thoughts. They didn't care for God's flock but wanted to be successful like the world. If they wanted to be successful like the world, why not go and join them. Why make a mess of the LORD's house by misusing His name. Why do they pretend to do God's work but use it to carry out their own money-making businesses in the name of God. They were not afraid of God at all. They did not fear Him. All they thought about was living in luxury as the world does. They boasted about their business pursuits bravely while misusing His name. The Lord Jesus Christ never did this. Except for Judas Iscariot, no other apostles of the Lord did this. In fact they taught against this evil practice. What do you think is happening today? The same situation or worse than what it was before?
Has mankind changed on the whole? Never! Many still obey the sinful nature of the Devil and still do things out from that cursed nature but only this time carrying it out in the name of God. Making money in the name of God for personal and family benefit only. Who told you that you should not be 'whipped' as the Lord did.? Who told you that you should not be "chased out" of misusing His name anywhere. You claim that misuing His name is your right and you cannot be told off because you are better businessmen and women. Who said so? Something different is coming now. Be ready yourself. "Change", you talk about it but that's what is coming to you now. Someone else is coming to take your place that you have misused all these years. You are guilty of using the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to make money for yourselves to live pleasurable lives. You taught your wife and children to do the same. You taught your whole gang who follow you to do the same. Why not stop using His name altogether so that you do not misuse it? Your time has finally come for you. You have lied to everyone. What you have been told to teach, you did not teach but you brought in what you have learned from the world and say it is God's. You used the devilish wisdom to trick God's sincere people who want to come to God. You did not teach what is in the word of God. You hid those truths for your own selfish pursuits and you dare say that God told you to do this. When did He tell you to do this?
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can human beings do to me?"
1 Timothy 6:3-10
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.