Mark 11: 15-18 & Luke 20: 19-20

(8. Legalism creates judgment and division.)


11:  15-18     When they came to Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple and began to cast out those who were buying and selling in the temple and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling the doves; and he would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. And he began to teach and say to them, "Is it not written: My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the people? (Jeremiah 7:11) But you have made it a den of robbers?"  And the chief priests and the scribes heard this, and they began to seek how to destroy Jesus; for they were afraid of him, for all the multitude was astonished at his teaching.  



20:  19-20     The scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Jesus that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that Jesus spoke against them.  And they watched Jesus and sent spies who pretended to be righteous in order that they might trap Jesus in some statement and deliver him up to the rule and authority of the governor.


Authors' Note:  Throughout the ministry of Jesus, the divisive and judgmental nature of legalism is clearly evident.  Legalism killed Jesus and will kill you if you let it take control of your life.  Legalism is like a deadly virus that enters into individuals, spreads to the whole group, infects the attitudes and behavior of the people, and produces anger, judgment, rejection, abuse and oppression.  Resist legalism like the plague that it is!

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