“……and you say they took gold and left tin?”


Lenten Journey – Day 22
Biblical Scripture: Mark 11:15-19 Open Invitation to Join Terri from

Cloaked Monk



14-Mar-12: Mark 11:15-19

15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves;

16 and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple.

17 He was teaching and saying, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”

18 And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching.

19 And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.







“……and you say they took gold and left tin?”



All healedy up and sealedy up for climb up for gifts

All leaning and stretching each to other in quests

For Ol’ Crow squawked and talked of stores in drifts

For friends all sealed in gold for Babe’s dear guests.


Crawling and hopping and sudden stopping

To bow and kneel in giving thanks with all great awe

So quietsy, so meeksy did Croaker hop to rocks outcropping

“What ho, what hi?  Dirty lead, all empty now here to paw!”

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. becca givens
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 23:20:16

    House of prayer to me is a house of reverence and respect! Another place to be still and hear the Lord!

    To bow and kneel in giving thanks with all great awe

    Thank you, granbee, for sharing ~~

    • granbee
      Mar 17, 2012 @ 02:06:35

      Bless you, Becca! Yes, God’s house is for reverence, respect, thanksgiving and awe–all of this! But I simply had to address the issues about the cheating moneychangers, because this is the only occasion in Scripture we are told of Jesus acting out of righteous indignation–and with such force! The “chattering” of those ill-gotten gains, the “chattering” of all those unearned coins jingling together certain robbed God’s house of its rightful atmospher of reverence and respect, did they not?

      • becca givens
        Mar 17, 2012 @ 02:32:00

        Absolutely — one of the important focuses and lessons the Lord is teaching in this Scripture, and I am glad you and others on our journey addressed it … seems my pet peeve just “took over” late in the night when I was writing mine 😀 I was tempted to rewrite it, my was “told” to leave it … so I did! 😀

        • granbee
          Mar 17, 2012 @ 02:34:28

          And I am so glad you did leave your original post: is still giving me a lot of think about with that “quiet and reverent” approach to His house of worship!

  2. willowdot21
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 01:39:31

    Yes dirty lead they left took the gold .. who cares we have Gods love and he does not want us defiling his temple with derbly monnly beware the idols of mammon !

    • granbee
      Mar 17, 2012 @ 02:08:08

      You absolutely have the very crux of this lesson, dear willowdot! We have God’s eternal love–and it is absolute sacrilege to leave shiny thinkgs of Mammon, fake stuff, dirty stuff, in His house!

      • willowdot21
        Mar 17, 2012 @ 02:13:12

        There is sadly no change today the world is obsessed with the fake glitter of Mammon which falsely out shines the gold love of God .

        • granbee
          Mar 17, 2012 @ 02:15:35

          This is why I am writing so fervently, willowdot–because of “the few that will answer” the call to follow the golden light, even though many are called!

          • willowdot21
            Mar 17, 2012 @ 02:21:29

            “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

            Matthew 24:22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.Matthew
            24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible.
            2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,Revelation
            17:14 They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

            • granbee
              Mar 17, 2012 @ 02:35:51

              Bless you for your helpful research here, willowdot! Right on target, my girl! How wonderful to have these scriptures here to undergird our ongoing discussion!

              • willowdot21
                Mar 17, 2012 @ 03:20:12

                I am not overly religious granbee but I know what what I believe and I think you do too! I do believe that some one or something has cast us together to encourage, support. I enjoy bouncing ideas back forth and it is lifting my spirits which have been low of late. But it is good to feel Booty Boy is around he was a beautiful black Lab real name Rebbo,xxxx

                • granbee
                  Mar 17, 2012 @ 03:26:56

                  You may not be “overly religious” (that is NOT what we are called to be, after all!), but you are certainly very spiritually oriented, dear girl! Rebbo reminds me of my first Black Lab, a female who we had for a long, loyal, wonderful time. Her name was Lady Ember, because she was black on the outside and very warm on the inside with love for us!

  3. cloakedmonk
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 02:15:37

    Wonderfully beautiful. But you know I’m in love with your characters.

    I’m interested in the scripture phrase that Jesus would not allow anyone to carry anything through the Temple. Above and beyond the moneychangers, this seems to be a stopping of the sacrificial system for a moment. I have to think on this aspect more. See…my brain did it again. Start with your story and end up somewhere else. 😉

    • totsymae1011
      Mar 16, 2012 @ 07:07:15

      All’s well, end’s well. Nobody’s causing discord this time.

      • granbee
        Mar 17, 2012 @ 02:11:12

        Tots, you totally have the right of it–all’s well that ends well! So wonderful to be free from discord anyplace, anytime, in any company, right? Bless you, my Southern sister!

    • granbee
      Mar 17, 2012 @ 02:09:58

      Love the way your brain works, Terri! And I know my characters are head over heels in love with YOU, dear girl! Just the phrase “moneychangers” sets my teeth on edge, so I simple could not resist having them try to pawn off tin and lead as gold coins in this allegorical critterly post!

  4. jesusmyjoy
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 20:28:09

    wonderful post God bless you.

  5. journeyintopoetry
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 21:33:12

    Glad to be back among your “quietsy, meeksy” world granbee!!


    • granbee
      Mar 17, 2012 @ 02:12:40

      Hooray for you and Jack coming back to travel with us on this quietsy, lovingly goofy journey, dear Christine! Bless you–be well and let Jack hug you a whole lot, okay?

  6. Sue Dreamwalker
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 04:41:09

    I think Granbee.. the Money lenders will soon be vacating again! And is there any Gold left?? 😉
    Beautiful post my sister..

    • granbee
      Mar 17, 2012 @ 04:44:34

      Thank you so much, Sister Sue! Yes, I too have strong intuitions that the moneychangers will be vacating soon! The is the gold of the Creator’s pure light, praise be!

  7. cottonbombs
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 11:40:51

    This one of my favorite stories of Jesus, especially as detailed in Matthew 21:12. because it shows the fury of Jesus a side that is so often softened.

    • granbee
      Mar 17, 2012 @ 22:31:23

      I am SO with you on loving this story of Jesus’ righteous indignation at the sacriflege to His Father’s House! And at the faithful being cheated when they come to offer sacrifices at the Temple each year during Passover! As a child, I once made a small whip to “play-like” I was helping to drive out those evil moneychangers!

  8. writinggomer
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 07:55:18

    The powers that be in Jesus time wanted to get rid of the One who spoke Truth, seems to me the same thing is happening today possibly even more so.
    Great post granbee. 🙂


    • granbee
      Mar 19, 2012 @ 22:50:18

      Greg, I agree–the power brokers of today certainly do an excellent job brainwashing a lot of senior citizens going from one doctor’s appointment to the next! I pray so hard and hurt so much for my friends here in this group! Your comment reminded me of this all over again!

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