That the world would have been completely different if it hadn’t been influenced by the dirtiest business in its entire history? Undoubtedly. What is highly debatable, however, is what such a world would look like. Just because it was the rogue trade that completely changed its course does not necessarily mean that it changed it for the worse. On the contrary, there are good reasons to say that the dirtiest business finally cleaned up the human world.
The prize for this case is notorious – thirty pieces of silver. For them, Judas Iscariot bound himself to the kiss of the usurer, by which he sent another man to meet torture, the cross. At the end of the extremely cruel fate that had befallen him, however, not only did the dazzling gleam of hope shine on him. It never faded, it shines forever. Even through cruelty, faith is born, the pillar of which is mercy.
Although nearly two thousand years have passed since the story, which has completely reformatted the paradigm and the order, it is still extremely fascinating to find yourself on its stage. The “smell” of the events of that time did not move away from him, despite the huge layer of years. Neither did he, because Jerusalem is woven of faith – Christian, but of course also Jewish and Muslim. Take the faith out of Jerusalem, nothing will be left of it.
Going up the Via Dolorosa towards Golgotha, the place of execution, has a hypnotic effect. At least for those who have a strong experience of the message of Jesus, and there are of course many of them in Jerusalem, especially on the Via Dolorosa.
However, they are not alone. On the way from Calvary to almost the Temple of the Holy Sepulcher itself, the songs of the procession mingle with the loud praises of the goods. The path taken by the man who drove the merchants from the temple in pain is now crowded with merchants. It smells of spices offered there, but you can also buy a Barbie doll there. The one on the right, from Matt.
However, the truths that are offered first do not apply to Jerusalem or the story of Jesus. Dirty trade has cleansed the world, cruelty has brought mercy, and overly offending bustling trade in places where Jesus fell under the cross is most likely Pharisee.
Yes, Christ spanked merchants from a place belonging to God, but it would be foolish to imagine him as an adversary of worldly activity. The challenges to honest work, if you want to do business, are quite often included in his parables.
Bruce Strom, an American lawyer, even claims that most of Jesus’ parables are involved in business. “Specifically, it’s about sixty percent, although you probably won’t hear that truth from the mouth of the church pastor. So at least I’ve never heard it, even though I’m the son of the pastor,” Strom said.
Also, because he is a child of the clergyman, the Tree is closely tied to American Christian circles, which can be harsh. At the same time, he cooperates with the local business community, and in these circumstances it must be admitted that he can exaggerate his point in order to correlate with his convictions and with the groups with which he is surrounded.
“If Jesus cared so much about business, maybe he should care. Especially about those who own a business,” the lawyer probably concludes a bit exaggeratedly.
The fact is, however, that Jesus preached about farmers whose labor makes the grain sprout, foolish builders, fishermen, the cancellation of debt, etc. Pretty much something that can be applied with a pinch of imagination and not unnecessarily, among other things, to good business conduct.
There are plenty of examples to be found, although it probably won’t be “Tree Sixty Percent”. The parable of Jesus captured in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew about the rich man, who gave the servants five, three and one hryvnia according to their abilities, must be demonstrative. The most capable multiplied their numbers, while a man with a hryvnia buried him unnecessarily – the lord, with words of laziness, removed him, in favor of the most careful of servants.
Jesus was logically against human idleness, from which a relatively straight line can be used to elevate diligence as an important cementing element of human society. Another dimension of this diligence is business directly related to Jesus, or related vacations.
Christmas consumption is often rightly criticized for obscuring their spirituality; on the other hand, traders would be against each other if they did not “spin the wheels” at this time.
Easter is not so much associated with gifts, but the chocolate industry, for example, will come into its own. Eighty million chocolate eggs are sold each year in the UK and up to 200 million chocolate bunnies in Germany. Americans, meanwhile, spend a total of nearly $20 billion during the Easter holiday. He almost wants to exclaim such statistics: Jesus Christ!
Jesus Christ is always present in Jerusalem. In physical form, thanks to crackpots who – God knows why – without sympathy, because they plagiarise them in a still image of the appearance of the Savior. In Jerusalem, however, the spirit of Jesus, the genius loci, as well as places associated with Jesus, are present. It depends on everyone’s nature, if they are outraged, whether Ken and Barbie are in the same place.
A little further on, you won’t find these pop culture characters. But not even Jesus. “Give me money for food for me and my family!” The overgrown Jew orders me around, and the fact that he doesn’t ask for money for not asking is surprisingly refreshing. Probably because you can’t get rid of the questions in Jerusalem, they fly around your head like an incessant flock of flies, so hearing a command immediately is actually a relief.
A few shekels for such refreshment is a good price, and the whisper of a man whose only job is to come to the Wailing Wall every day and glorify God should be interpreted as thanks.
No Niagara, no pyramids, this is the most wonderful place in the world. The eighteen-meter-high retaining wall on the Temple Mount is a Jewish place of mourning for the destroyed building, which was a copy of God’s abode. But it is also a place of hope that it is where God listens.
And it is also the most distinctive “business office”. If the dirtiest deals in history took place in Jerusalem, then even the strangest deals still take place there. It is difficult to say how the daily attendance at the Western Wall would be framed in the commercial register in order to emphasize the greatness of God. Either way, I think it’s hard work and rightly deserves a reward.
Business (and life) can take many forms, but if it’s honest and meaningful, it’s foolish and inappropriate to have reservations about it. On the other hand, other forms of enterprise (of life) probably deserve to be “slammed out of the temple”.