TURNING THE TABLES
Have you ever heard the expression… “I turned the tables on them.” This is what my wife Danielle would remind me, is called an IDIOM.
Now, why would I take the time to point that out?
Well, the reason is found in the definition of what an IDIOM is.
IDIOM: a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words.
That is sort of an educated way of saying… An Idiom is an expression used to describe something else, which cannot be understood literally. Like the expression, “its raining cats and dogs” — if you were to read this literally you would not understand that someone was simply expressing that it is RAINING HARD in a poetic way.
So, now that my English lesson is over, perhaps I should explain what this essay is about. An essay, mind you that I PROMISE to keep short. I have learned that people need short bursts of insight today and I hope to provide that to the ever-growing, ever-changing, multitasking generation of seekers that visit here and just don’t have the time to read a 20 page article.
So here it goes… This essay is about JESUS AND THE MONEY CHANGERS IN THE TEMPLE.
Let me briefly explain why I chose this topic.
For awhile now, for years, decades in fact, I have seen people condemn other people using the bible as not just ammunition but to justify their judgmental behavior. And one of the favorite stories in scripture used to explain away attacks on others is THE STORY OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE.
It REALLY is so sad. Because these self-appointed judge, jury, and executioners that use such a story as ammunition to condemn, and tear down, others are MISSING THE MARK (sin) …. THAT’S RIGHT, I called them SINNERS. But not sinners the way you think. Because all “SIN” means really, is to MISS THE POINT, or to MISS THE TRUTH in regards to something.
Like thinking the EARTH IS FLAT — that would be A SIN. And the only way to be set free from this is the TRUTH. The TRUTH sets you free from the LIES you bought and sold in that temple of God, which is YOU.
In fact, proverbs states, “the thought of foolishness is sin” – yes, SIN is foolish thinking and nothing more.
THAT BEING SAID… it is down right sinful for people to shout the words love, unity, and freedom out of one side of their mouth while also tearing down people, gossiping, and condemning out of the other and using ALLEGORIES like Jesus and the Money Changers as excuse for their hate.
So, in this essay I am going to open your eyes to WHAT THE STORY REALLY MEANS… and how it is a PICTURE of an INTERNAL BEAUTIFUL WORK being done in us all, “as we speak” <- another idiom :)
So why did I TITLE this essay, TURNING THE TABLES? — well, you are about to find out.
If you want to understand what the expression "I turned the tables on them" has to do with Jesus and the money changers, then you will be happy to know that I believe it has EVERYTHING to do with that very biblical story. In fact, it is my belief that the TURNING OF THE MONEY CHANGERS TABLES in the TEMPLE is the birth place of the IDIOM "I turned the tables on them" itself.
Now just why is this important? you ask.
Well, look at the definition of the IDIOM: According the Oxford English Dictionary, if you “turn the tables” on someone, it is generally understood that you have reversed the fortunes in your favor to some capacity, so as to “reverse one’s position relative to someone else, especially by turning a position of disadvantage into one of advantage.”
"Reversed fortunes" could be explained in the allegory of the RICH and POOR man… when the TABLES are turned, the POOR man is taken care of and the RICH MAN is tormented. (of course this is not a story of a literal place called hell)
And so to "TURN THE TABLES" means you have reversed one's position, reversed one's direction, reversed one's decision, and of course reversed one's belief system. THIS IS THE STORY OF THE GOSPEL. The tables are turned on us. From DEATH to LIFE.
The TRUTH sets us free from the LIES we have believed. The TRUTH is revealed within us and it TURNS THE TABLES on us returning us to a place of peace, power, and perfection.
THUS, today with this essay I WILL TURN THE TABLES on those who have used this BEAUTIFUL STORY OF SALVATION as a story of condemnation, judgment, violence, and wrath… while also revealing some pretty cool insight about the Marriage in Cana of Galilee!
So, let us begin by reading the passage in John's gospel that started it all.
2 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. 7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
Now that we have read all of that… please pay close attention to the verse below that follows this story excerpt above…
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF MIRACLES… which clearly means… THE BEGINNING… In other words….THIS IS HOW “IT” BEGINS…
And what is it that BEGINS, Jacob?
THE BEGINNING OF MIRACLES… which ironically has nothing to do with what we know MIRACLES to be today. Seeing as the literal translation of MIRACLES in this passage means “a sign, mark, or token by which a PERSON is distinguished from others and is KNOWN.”
Miracle = shmeiÛon = a sign, mark, token that by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known
And so the MARRIAGE is the BEGINNING of the SIGN that distinguishes the TRUTH from LIES and is REVEALED.
On the 3rd DAY (TRIMESTER) there was a marriage, and THE MOTHER of Jesus (the way, the truth and the life) was there.
Now, that is important because WHO IS JESUS’S MOTHER? – check out that article next. Well, the long and short of it is, ANYONE WHO HEARS THE TRUTH… and DOES THE WILL OF THE FATHER is Jesus’s MOTHER.
For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and MOTHER.
I hope you are catching on that this is an ALLEGORY for us all to learn.
Let us break down the story for a moment, 1st there is a Marriage where everyone wants WINE (which is a SPIRIT that makes one joyful), no such joyful spirit/wine is found, all anyone can find is SIX WATER POTS of STONE used for ritual washing. (to get clean from sin)…These water pots contained NO WATER…
Let me unravel this for you… the fact that there are only SIX WATER POTS OF STONE is our first give away. Seeing as SIX SIX SIX is the number of MAN, that MAN was MADE on the sixth day… The next give away is that they were WATER POTS OF STONE.
Water pots of STONE is a mysterious way of describing man’s heart… STONE is what the LAW is written on. Tablets of Stone or one could say “TABLES of STONE”.
You see a STONE doesn’t bend, it is rough, callous, unforgiving, and this my friends was found at the marriage in Cana. And what was it that was being married?
A new heart also will I give you, and a new SPIRIT (thoughts of truth) will I put (reveal) WITHIN you: and I will take away the STONY HEART out of your FLESH, and I will give you an heart of flesh
SPIRIT AND SOUL/FLESH/IDENTITY is married — Just like that water being poured in, the TRUTH is poured into you… because FAITH COMES BY HEARING… and things change.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh
The TWO become ONE.
And when this happens, first MEN’S HEARTS are AS STONE … which is why the TABLES NEED TO BE TURNED… which is REALLY what this whole Chapter is about. Not a literal marriage, not a madman condemning religion, and not a bunch a people wanting to get drunk and Jesus changing literal water into literal wine. THIS IS AN INSIDE WORK. And the TABLES need to be turned. For men’s hearts are stone. And this is the way it is in the BEGINNING. But when the tables are turned, so DOES ONE’S POSITION IN LIFE return. If they be dead… they come alive again!
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me (believe in what I say), though he were dead (ignorant), yet shall he live:
AND if a man’s heart be stone the TRUTH will flip the script and breathe new life into them all.
2 Corinthians 3:3
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
This is what is revealed in the WATER being poured in first.
We see the SIX BARREN WATER POTS OF STONE (ignorant mankind – dead in Adam), and Jesus says, FILL THEM UP!
It is important to note, that he first states… “HIS HOUR IS NOT YET COME.” And why is that? Because this is ONLY THE BEGINNING, so HOLD ONTO YOUR SEATS because you haven’t seen anything yet.
50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
And so Jesus says, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. Which is a picture of the moment our hearts are FILLED WITH THE WATER OF TRUTH… Once again, we are not talking about literal water. It is WISDOM.
But whosoever drinketh of the WATER that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
AND AGAIN… the water is the WORD OF GOD which is TRUTH.
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of WATER by the WORD
And so the TRUTH is poured into our BARREN, LIFELESS, STUBBORN, STONE HEARTS and it is TURNED TO INTO NEW WINE.
But remember, this is but the beginning. At the “marriage” which of course is an ALLEGORY OF the TWO BECOMING ONE FLESH.
Let that sink in… A MARRIAGE is where TWO BECOME ONE FLESH.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
YES, THAT IS RIGHT! This whole story is about GOD and MAN becoming ONE.
This is what JESUS prayed for after all.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
Jesus saying, “I am in the father and the Father is in me” would be a good way of describing this event. My latest article that compares the SUBCONSCIOUS MIND and the CONSCIOUS MIND with God and Jesus is another way of expressing it. At this MARRIAGE the SPIRIT OF TRUTH becomes ONE with WHO WE THINK WE ARE (our identity).
And so this ALLEGORICAL marriage party is expressing how this resurrection and union begins. It begins with us being filled to the BRIM with the TRUTH. Which in turn becomes a LIVING SPIRIT within us. And yes that is exciting, BUT this is ONLY THE BEGINNING!
The TRUTH in us, then has a job to do… IT FIRST BEGINS TO REVEAL THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN HIDDEN from our eyes. Notice, verse 11.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
The TRUTH manifested (revealed) “his glory” – and it is the GLORY OF GOD to conceal a thing.
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
In the beginning the TRUTH MANIFESTS what has been concealed (glory) before the marriage of SPIRIT (who you really are) and FLESH (who you think you are) and after that happens THOSE THAT FOLLOW THE TRUTH (disciples) BELIEVE!
And once you believe the TRUTH, it is TIME FOR THE LIES to be CAST OUT OF YOUR HEART! Which brings us to JESUS and those TABLES BEING TURNED. Not an event to justify grievous acts towards others, but a poetic mystery explaining our resurrection into the light of truth and life.
Let us continue…
12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
It is interesting to note that CAPERNAUM literally means “VILLAGE OF COMFORT”.
You see we have been too comfortable in our ignorance. At the wedding the people LOVED JESUS (the truth) because it TURNED the WATER (THEIR DOCTRINE) into WINE (AN INTOXICATING SPIRIT)… But Jesus was honest… HIS TIME had NOT YET COME. Jesus still had work to do. THE TRUTH needs to TURN THE TABLES on us all! And this is EXACTLY what takes place when the TRUTH hits us in the heart to set us free.
It is important to note that THIS ALL TOOK PLACE when PASSOVER was at hand. Which is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the LIBERATION OF THE SLAVES from EGYPT.
13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Which, of course is another wonderful allegory… as EGYPT is a person’s confusion, which is why GOD’S CHILDREN live as slaves and need to be delivered from it. In Galatians 3 and 4 we read that the HEIR differs nothing from a slave when he is immature/young even though HE IS LORD OF EVERYTHING.
This is so true, before the truth is raised up in our hearts we are men most miserable indeed. We all live a most pitiful life when we are as empty barren waterpots of stone… And after the beginning of miracles (the sign, the distinguishing mark that sets us apart from the word), we find the PASSOVER is near.
Yes my friends, we are indeed are about to be set free from our SHAME AND FEAR… just as the JEWS were set free from PHAROAH (shame) and EGYPT (confusion)
Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your SHAME, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your CONFUSION.
Passover was at hand… People were about to be delivered from their SHAME and CONFUSION. And for that to HAPPEN, the things that were polluting our hearts NEED to be driven out.
CAN YOU BEGIN TO SEE WHERE I AM GOING?
And so, the TRUTH (Jesus) goes down to Capernaum(place of COMFORTABLE IGNORANCE) and FINDS the TEMPLE OF GOD… (POINT TO YOUR TEMPLES, what is between them — YOUR MIND) – and within mankind’s thoughts were beasts of burden being bought, sold, and sacrificed.
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
You see, in the Temple RELIGION has set up shop. And that doesn’t jive well with THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
If I have said this once, I have said this a thousand times… THE LETTER/LITERAL kills…. the SPIRIT gives life.
And so we have come full circle… because for years religious people have LITERALLY KILLED others in the name of their “god” using the following verses to back their actions up. That’s right, even today, I see people everywhere… Christians, Universalists, New Though, Oneness, and New Agers alike using these next verses to prove that they have EVERY RIGHT to JUDGE AND CONDEMN ANOTHER!
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; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. 17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
And so I want to put an end, for once and all, of the EGO in the religious man USING the story of Jesus turning over the money changers tables, and chasing those that SOLD sacrifices in the Temple with a whip, as an EXCUSE to be a real condemning jerk to all those they ignorantly believes knows less.
No, those who tear down others and use such an event as ammunition for their attack, are not only “NOT AN AUTHORITY” on such things BUT they are the farthest thing from the truth themselves. Instead, the CONDEMNERS are insecure people who want to trick themselves into feeling better about themselves by condemning, and ruling over others. And in using this story as an excuse to bash others, they in fact prove how far removed from God (love, truth, spirit, inspiration, existence) they really are.
For if you say you know God and do not completely love others the same is a liar and a thief.
1 John 4:20
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar:
The story of Jesus clearing the Temple is not an excuse to attack others and force people to see things your way… God forbid… It is an ALLEGORY of BEING CLEANSED of all the LIES YOU HAVE BOUGHT AND SOLD over the years.
Consider where the whole scene TAKES place… THE TEMPLE
1 Corinthians 6:19
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
The TRUTH finds that within the TEMPLE is nothing but LIES… Sheep, Oxen, and Money (all symbolic of Beasts of Burden bought and sold for the only thing we put our faith in today….MONEY)
On one literal level we ironically see this in the natural as well… Step into the outer court/lobby of any Church or Temple and you will find books, oils, dvd’s, coffee, and other such MERCHANDISE sold for FILTHY MONEY. Let’s face THE GOD BUSINESS is BIG BUSINESS… and we have ALL been slaves to it… BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS STORY IS ABOUT.
After the MARRIAGE of SPIRIT AND FLESH, after the TWO BECOME ONE, after the HEARTS OF STONE are filled with LIFE, the TABLES ARE TURNED… and we rise from DEATH TO LIFE. And for this to take place, we must first SWEEP THE HOUSE CLEAN.
So I pray you are beginning to see that this isn’t a LITERAL STORY but an ALLEGORY. Here is the reason, if I were to go in like a madman and scream, “you have turned my Father’s house into a DEN OF THIEVES (which according to scripture, a thief is anyone who tries to enter the kingdom through ANY OTHER WAY THAN the straight gate (truth)) … I would be arrested.
And what is a DEN OF THIEVES… Well, a THIEF is anyone who doesn’t enter through that straight and narrow gate of TRUTH. A thief is someone who takes something that wasn’t theirs as well.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
The Thief in this case would be man’s EGO. And this THIEF comes to STEAL AND DESTROY…
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
An interesting side note here… who was JESUS crucified in between? DING DING DING… that is right, TWO THIEVES. The double minded man is unstable in all his ways. — And what kind of man would that be… well, a double minded man is one who sees things as GOOD and EVIL.
And yet, right there in between the duality of it all… IS CHRIST (the power and wisdom of God) driving the LIES out of our hearts.
Now let’s consider, if Jesus literally cleared house and that gives me the right to do such a thing… IF I did what JESUS supposedly, literally did in that temple I would most likely be arrested. I would be called a madman and tried as a criminal and rightly so. Because violence and breaking the laws of the land is a clear violation of the law of love (which is actually what this story is about)
THIS PARABLE IS NOT ABOUT JUSTIFYING YOUR WRATH ON THOSE WHO BELIEVE DIFFERENTLY! And how do we know this for sure? Well, the revelation comes in this final verse where Jesus answered and said unto them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19 KJV)
And goes onto to explain that the “Temple” that the TRUTH TURNED THE TABLES ON was… “HIS BODY” (All of us)
This whole allegory FROM WEDDING TO TABLE TURNING is a picture of what happens to us the moment our soul marries the spirit of life… (Who we think we are becomes one with Who we really are within)
After the lights go on within us, THE ONLY WAY TO TRULY LIVE YOUR LIFE (Christ) drives out all the lies, and destroys our faith in money and man-made tradition, and we realize that the FATHER’S HOUSE (who we think we are) is in fact meant to be a place of peace, prayer, encouragement, and joy… not a MARKETPLACE of DEN OF THIEVES
THE TABLES ARE TURNED on us all… They have indeed been turned on me.
And after our whole religious world is TURNED upside down, we realize that the OLD MAN (filled with fear, lies, and shame) needs to be torn down so the NEW MAN can rise in its stead… TEAR DOWN THIS TEMPLE AND IN THREE DAYS I WILL RAISE IT UP AGAIN.
All symbolic of being BORN AGAIN (a trimester) as the REAL YOU.
And why did the disciples remember the scripture that states, the ZEAL OF YOUR HOUSE has eaten me up?
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
People have taught that it means JESUS WAS PASSIONATE and ANGRY at those who DID SUCH THINGS in the LITERAL TEMPLE… However, the reason the disciples remembered this is because THEY EXPERIENCED THIS…
They experienced THE REPROACHES OF OTHERS had fallen off them. REALLY READ the psalm they remembered and it should open your eyes to IRONY of it all. THE VERY STORY that people use to justify their DISAPPROVAL of others, is in fact, the story that SETS US FREE from SUCH REPROACH.
Look at what FALLS OFF THEM…
For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
When the LIES that we have bought and sold are cast out of our hearts. Then we are FREE INDEED! And when we are free, it doesn’t matter how many people attack us, or tear us down… you see, their REPROACH simply falls away.
So please don’t use the scriptures to condemn another, use them, as I have just used them to SET PEOPLE FREE FROM THE REPROACH AND LIES of the world. (lusts of flesh, lust of eyes, and pride of life)
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