Matthew 21:12–13, Yeshua went into the temple.
Greed, merchandizing, corporatism, and peddling must be driven from the church, even as Yeshua drove the money changers and merchandizers out of his Father’s house of prayer. The church of Elohim must be cleansed of these illegitimate and unrighteous activities. The tables of those who promote such a system must be overturned.
Yeshua is going to clean house before his second coming and expose those who are the greedy hirelings who are shearing his sheep for their personal financial gain versus those who have a heart of sacrificial service and obedience to him.
Elsewhere Yeshua rebukes the selfish shepherds who refuse to lay down their lives for his sheep (John 10:11–13). Ezekiel the prophet also excoriates the greedy hireling shepherds who feed themselves instead of feeding YHVH’s sheep resulting in spiritually weak and malnourished sheep who are prey for the grievous wolves (Ezek 34:1–31).
At the same time, YHVH promises to raise up shepherds after his own heart who will gather in and care for his lost and scattered sheep (ibid.).
Similarly, Paul the apostle though in full-time ministry for decades still worked with his hands as a tent maker to support himself financially. He rebuked some of his fellow ministers when he said, “For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of Elohim; but as of sincerity, but as from Elohim, we speak in the sight of Elohim in Messiah” (2 Cor 2:17). Paul goes on to say elsewhere that in his day there were those preachers “whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain” (Titus 1:11).
Peter chimes in on the subject as well identifying those in the ministry who “[b]y covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber” (2 Pet 2:3).
Finally, Yeshua when speaking of rewards refers to those who serve YHVH for earthy rewards versus those who do so for heavenly rewards:
Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.… And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.…Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.…so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matt 6:1, 2, 5, 16, 18)
The den of thieves called the modern incorporated church (Church, Inc.) needs to heed the words of Yeshua the Messiah whose example, hypocritically, many in that Babylonian religious system claim to follow, as well as the words of the prophets and apostles.
It is time that the modern church stop being a house of merchandizing and covetousness and become a house of prayer.
For example, these same greedy hirelings teach their servile cliental that the Torah-law has been nailed to the cross, down away and fulfilled. They use this type of blasphemous religious jargon to supposedly invalidate the very Word of Elohim and to make it of none effect. Yet, at the same time, these religious hirelings hypocritically resurrect the “Old Covenant” tithing laws, which were part of the very Levitical system that they assert was “done way with,” and then they shamelessly pass the offering plate each Sunday to collect the tithes and offerings from their hapless constituents.
Hypocrites, liars and false teachers!
You can’t pick and choose which parts of the Word of Elohim you want to follow, and with a flick of the your scrawny and muscleless wrist and forearm (due to your lack of working with your hands, like the rest of us have to do!) dismiss the rest of Elohim’s immutable word. In so doing, you are falling prey to the exact same lie that the serpent conned Adam and Eve into believing at the tree of knowledge, when he told them that they could take a pick-and-choose approach to the commands of YHVH Elohim resulting in their committing first sin of rebellion. In so doing, you are acquiescing to the lies of the serpent, while, at the same time, shamelessly promoting your version of the Holy Bible; it’s called the Holey Bible, the Swiss Cheese Version! Repent of your sin, or else suffer the judgments and shame of YHVH Elohim as did the money changers in the temple whose tables Yeshua overturned and the fig tree that he cursed.
No! Rather the church must become a place of healing, restoration and spiritual revival, not a money-making enterprise that only enriches its operators and fails to glorify Elohim by advancing his kingdom.
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of Elohim; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of Elohim? Now “IF THE RIGHTEOUS ONE IS SCARCELY SAVED, WHERE WILL THE UNGODLY AND THE SINNER APPEAR?” (1 Pet 4:17–18).
Matthew 21:18–22, A fig tree.The fig tree was representative of a fruitless religious system that Messiah will curse at his second coming. The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers later in the chapter is confirmation this.