Give, don't gouge

We will be considering the 8th commandment against stealing in our sermon this morning. When Jesus comes to Jerusalem the week of His death, He finds thieves in the temple. Worse than food prices in airports, the price-gouging priests took advantage of the faithful people seeking to fulfill the law in bringing right sacrifices at God’s appointed times. Ezekiel condemned shepherds who fleeced the sheep, instead of feeding them. They made it hard for Gentiles to worship, next to the clamor of marketing goods. They provoked resentment in worshipers trying to approach God. Instead of being good stewards of God’s house, they became tyrants sucking every coin they could from their fellow servants. This is a warning to every church leader, but also to each individual: do not take and grasp for yourself. Give to your neighbor and trust God for your own provision.


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