February 14, 2019

Robbing Religion - Luke 19:45-46

You know, until you've experienced it, you can't imagine what it's like to be robbed, especially to have your house broken into and to be robbed. You know, a friend of mine whose house was rob said, "It's shocking." You know, you come home expecting your house to be just as you left it. Instead, you find that someone has snuck inside and thrown your things all over the place.

Family Discussions:

  1. In those times in the temple, men sold sacrificial animals at an exorbitant price right there in the temple. Why did this anger Jesus?
  2. When something is free, you know, you usually wonder that the product is damaged. How does this mentally affect our view of God's grace?
  3. Even though grace is a free gift, what did Jesus do to buy the free gift of His grace that he gives you?
  4. Are there times when anger is appropriate and when?
  5. When is anger inappropriate, and what are you going to do about that?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Well, you're probably too young to remember the old westerns of the wild wild west, but every time I see a bandana, I think about a robber because back in those days, in the good old days of John Wayne, all the robbers always wore this around their face. Now, I think they were like black masks. Jesus has something to say about robbery, but he has something to say about a different kind of robbery. And Luke 19 verse 45 says this, "And Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and saying to them, 'It is written, 'and my house shall be a house of prayer,' but you have made it a robbers' den.'"

00:54 The robbery of religion. You know, until you've experienced it, you can't imagine what it's like to be robbed, especially to have your house broken into and to be robbed. You know, a friend of mine whose house was rob said, "It's shocking." You know, you come home expecting your house to be just as you left it. Instead, you find that someone has snuck inside and thrown your things all over the place. You know, when you discover some of your most prized possessions missing, you know, like a graduation ring or maybe your trophy tennis racket that, you know, you used to when the State High School Championship. Well, it makes you just want to sit down and cry. You know, robbery is like that. It takes away that for which someone has poured out sweat in your life for. It takes without a second thought or even a backward glance at the trouble it has caused. It takes, and it walks away. You know, more sadly than that, more tragically, religion is a lot like that as well.

01:51 It takes the free gift of salvation for which Jesus poured out his blood, and it puts a price tag on it. It takes without a second thought about the guilt-ridden converts it creates. It takes, and it walks away. You know what? Religion is the only thing I think that I read about in scripture that ever made Jesus mad enough to fashion a whip and drive out the robbers out of his presence. Ironically, sometimes it doesn't even bother to sneak around. Sometimes it stands robed in the pulpit and beats the podium with reddened palms. Religion robs people of intimacy with God, but relationship with the Lord rediscovers the stolen goods. It's a relationship that can never be taken away.

02:40 And here's the questions for today. You know what? In those times in the temple, men sold sacrificial animals at an exorbitant price right there in the temple. Why did this anger Jesus? And then on robbing the religion of grace, when something is free, you know, you usually wonder that the product is damaged. How does this mentally affect our view of God's grace? And even though grace is a free gift, what did Jesus do to buy the free gift of His grace that he gives you? And then lastly, just for practical circumstances in the home, are there times when anger is appropriate and when? But more importantly, when is anger inappropriate, and what are you going to do about that? And then the life line for today is this, man, tell one person, tell one person to take off the robber's mask. Tell one person about the free gift of salvation and God's grace.

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