Reading the Bible as a Self-Help book.
Cleaning Out The Temple
You are the Temple of God, not just in body but in mind. For this Bible lesson we only want to focus on the mental aspect of these verses. Since the Bible is really two books in one (Control and Freedom) we are going to focus on the book of ‘Freedom’ as it pertains to deeper truths. The book of ‘Control’ is read as the surface level stories that are typically shared in churches that are meant for the “Child” of God so that they might gain discipline, and then there is the book of ‘Freedom’ which is a little harder to read as you have to read the stories allegorically, which it also helps to know Hebrew or Greek respectively. If not, a Strong’s Concordance and Geek and Hebrew Lexicon help to unravel the deeper truth. However the book of ‘Freedom’ is filled with truths that are hidden in the stories of the Bible that are written by the hand of God through the lives of His “Chosen people” and by knowing how to read into the stories it helps you to raise your awareness so that you might be promoted from a “Child” into a ‘Man’ that mirrors God in understanding. Both attributes of the Bible are like a mirror reflecting within each other so that you might gain a greater understanding and build a temple made of many truths that stack upon each other like stones. These truths are chiseled into perfectly refined shaped building blocks that build a place of higher understanding for you to dwell in. When you live in an estate of many perfectly shaped truths you then find God mirrored within you and thus you become as Christ (The blueprint of the Temple), at least on the inside. This salvation from our former state where we rise from a brute beast into a man is the liberation of the soul/mind that brings us perfect peace while yet living, so the goal of God’s Word is to give you control over your former nature and to give you liberation from the faulty ideals that imprison your joy and stunt your personal growth.
Now while you’re reading the Lamb’s Book of Life (Progress of Truth) or the book of ‘Freedom’ it helps to always keep in mind that everything is allegorical and symbolic for greater truths. In the story of Christ clearing out the Temple of the Lord it is important to remember that the Temple is really your soul (Psyche: Mind) and that cities (Towns, camps, kingdoms, etc.) are all gatherings of truths like men that create mental faculties that you might call a “states of mind” in which your mind dwells for a while as you seek answers. So then all of the men of the Bible are as faculties of reason that are being tested to become righteous truths, or as living stones that build the temple of the soul, which are then memorialized into tombs when the idea is “laid to rest” and become as mental memories.
So now, right after Jesus leaves the wedding in “Cana of Galilee” where he turned the water into wine, which is symbolic for renewing your understanding with clarity, we see that He moves to the region of Capernaum. The translation for Capernaum quite literally means “Village of Comfort” but if you don’t speak ancient Greek you might miss the root meanings to each of these words which change the meaning all together.
|Kapharnaoum: Καφαρναούμ: Village of Comfort|
|Village: kaphar: כָּפָר|
|Comes from the root meaning: to cover, purge, make an atonement, make reconciliation, cover over with pitch|
|Comfort: Nachuwm: נַחוּם|
|Comes from the root meaning: to be sorry, console oneself, repent, regret, comfort, be comforted|
So Capernaum then becomes a state of mind that seeks to be reconciled to the higher understanding of God and to make changes for the better. So consider this then as an act of attrition or repentance. So how does this then apply to you. In the last lesson we learned that you have just come from the self-evaluation of your progress that was the wedding at Cana of Galilee (Measure of Completeness) and have come now to this state of “Comfort in your reform” or “coming to grips with what needs to be done” (IE: Capernaum). Now, as you have also learned in the earlier foundational lessons that “Days” are actually stage or steps of development in your path to understanding, So then consider that if you have just done a self-evaluation of why you have not been progressing as well as you might like to have, and you find your spirit is lacking, then you might decide within your heart to rededicate yourself to pure living and clearer understandings. So you are now in a state of conviction and comfort to this new dedication and so you would like to dwell in that state of being for a while but you can’t remain there long because you now realize that to bypass the err of sin in understanding you must stop trading away your loyalties of thought and attention and instead stay focused on the prize of gaining a pure place that God might dwell within you. So the ‘Money changers’ in this story are symbolically your weakened loyalties that are exchanging truth (True riches) for selfish gain. So you must then chastise your mind, as with a scourge or whip, and overturn the tables in which you trade and consume other faulty ideals. After all, what you eat is accounted to your strength, so you must overturn these mediums of exchange that weaken the temple’s structural resolve within you.
Now that a foundation is laid go ahead and try and follow along and see what truth is hidden in these versus of Christ and the money changers and clearing out the Temple. Or you could also call it a clean slate.
Cleaning Out The Temple
|12) All of your mental faculties cannot rest for very long when there is yet important changes to be made.|
|12 After this he went down to Capernaum (State of comfort, from root words meaning repentance), he, and his mother (wisdom), and his brethren (related ideals), and his disciples (disciplines): and they continued there not many days.|
|13) For the ignorance of sin to be bypassed (Passover) you must overcome your transgressions.|
|13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus (Truth/Freedom) went up to Jerusalem (Peace), (Overcoming transgressions: removing ignorance)|
|14) Peace cannot be found when you are observing faulty practices that lead you astray and rob you of your truth, obedience, progression & compassion.|
|14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen (Service) and sheep (Progression) and doves (Gentleness), and the changers of money sitting: (Exchanging away: truth, obedience, progression & compassion)|
|15) It is only through removal and correction of these faulty ideals that you can progress again.|
|15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; (Removing the consumptions of faulty beliefs)|
|16) For if you are without compassion then you must put these things behind you and no longer trade in such faulty ideals.|
|16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. (Put these things behind you and do not trade in faulty ideals)|
|17) Remember that it is all too easy to be consumed by eagerness and it can rob you of real truth like riches.|
|17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. (Consumed in eagerness)|
|18) “Why must I do this” you may ask?|
|18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?|
|19) Because by tearing down these faulty ideals you can then build a higher understanding.|
|19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. (Tear down these ideals and the truth shall be restored)|
|20) But you think ‘It took so much effort to create this understanding, can it truly be restructured?’|
|20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? (I am not perfect at numbers yet, but I think 46 is something like “well thought out and organized” and 3 days is something like “you think you can gather and restructure it?”)|
|21) Yes, the mind can.|
|21 But he spake of the temple of his body. (This is the spiritual body called the mind which is being restructured to mirror God in understanding)|
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