In Acts 6:3 we see Peter calling to choose seven men.
- “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.”
Why were seven men chosen by the people, appointed by the apostles, and what are these “tables” spoken of in 6:2?
- “Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples [unto them], and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.” Acts 6:2
The word "tables" can mean banks as translated in Luke 19:23:
- “Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?”
The "tables" overturned by Jesus in the temple is also the same word for "bank".
Who were the moneychangers?
Were they the porters or gatekeepers of the temple controlling the flow of funds?
Only the king could fire the porters of the temple, and that is exactly what Jesus was doing.
The way of God was altered by men, from the Hasmoneans to Herod. Now we see the way of Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh, and Caesar in God’s government. The kings who were to serve, now served the people a human entrée and ate the flesh of the people in a civil cauldron by exercising authority.
- “On the 25th of Adar business was only transacted within the precincts of Jerusalem and of the Temple, and after that date those who had refused to pay the impost could be proceeded against at law, and their goods distrained, the only exception being in favour of priests, and that ‘for the sake of peace,’ lest their office should come in disrepute.”
These moneychangers took a portion of the contributions collected of the people in the form of a commission. The tribute could exceed 7,600,000 denarii in that one month. The money-changers were allowed to charge a silver meah, or about one-fourth of a denar. Their cut or commission on this one taxing event could be 950,000 denarii, worth more than $9,000,000 in the year 2000.
- “Thus the immense offerings … to the Temple passed through the hands of the moneychangers.”
Jesus walked into the national bank, the gazophulakion or “the royal treasury,” and by laying a string whip across their shoulders, according to the ancient tradition of His kingly office, simply fired these corrupt employees. As King, He was able to turn over their lucrative appointments to more worthy officers elected by the people, who now supported His reign as King by the thousands. The people had again been taught the ancient ways by men like John, Jesus, and His faithful followers, who had been demonstrating the way of God, making it straight again.
Understanding that the porters were government officials, and what it meant to be fired from their lucrative commissioned position in the national treasury, clarifies the motivation to crucify King Jesus. It also explains the need to choose new men of service to handle some of the matters of government not available to those who received Christ’s baptism into His Kingdom.
These seven men were not the first ministers of the Church by any means. Every Pentecost people of Israel would reaffirm the tens, hundreds, and thousands by coming together in a well-organized network. The people of Judea knew from the Torah and their own history of what was needed to maintain a free state. They knew they no longer could depend on the benefaction of the Pharisees’ government and their Corban if they were to get the Baptism of Christ.
These seven men were to oversee the banking functions of the kingdom and the Apostles maintained the right to fire but not elect these representatives of the people.
Choose Your Seven
People were investing in the service-oriented system of Christ’s appointed government rather than the contribution to the authoritarian benefactors of the Hellenistic Jews.
Rome allowed and proclaimed that Jesus was the Christ, the King of Judea. Jesus had appointed the apostles, and the Pharisees had stated they had no king but Caesar. The goats and the sheep separated but the needs of society remained the same.
Some of the most industrious citizens of Judea were recognizing Jesus as the King of Judea on that day in Pentecost. The Jews who followed the way of forcing contributions were called by John the synagogue of Satan, the adversary, and now you know why. There has always been two types of welfare in the world.
The kingdom was at hand and all the people had to do was be the kingdom, profess Jesus as their king and whatever they paid was counted as paid in full by this new government working daily in the government temple. It was the perfect law of liberty.
- “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.” Ecclesiastes 11:1, 2
- “And this [man] shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.”
These seven provided the services sometimes needed from a bank without being a bank for profit and gain.
- “Seven men in Wall Street now control a great share of the fundamental industry and resources of the United States.”
- “In 1910, seven men met on Jekyll Island just off the coast of Georgia to establish a central bank, which they called the Federal Reserve Bank...” 
There have been many groups of seven. They are either going toward the kingdom or away from it. While the previous groups gathered for their own profit and gain, there have been groups that were seeking a direction more toward the kingdom and the purposes of the seven men chosen to serve tables of Christ in Acts 6:5.
- “In September of 1959, seven men ... met to discuss the feasibility of starting a federal credit union. They started very small, with only one teller operating out of a small service window in the employee cafeteria... upholding the “People Helping People” philosophy ...”
The spirit that brought them together was far nobler than what commonly brings banks or the seven on Jekyll Island together.
“How are credit unions different from banks?”
- “Credit unions’ core values and structure are very different from those of banks. As a member, you’re not just a customer; you’re an owner, with a say in the future course of the credit union. Plus, credit unions’ not-for-profit status means that all earnings are returned to the members in the form of great rates and low fees. Banks, on the other hand, exist to make a profit for shareholders, so their definition of success is different.”
- “Credit unions also give members the chance to get involved. The board of directors is made up entirely of volunteers, as is the supervisory committee (which audits the credit union’s books). As a volunteer, you can be a driving force in your credit union.” 
All roads lead to Rome and all roads lead to the kingdom. It is all about direction. Repent, turn around and go the other way.
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- 1 Chronicles 9:22 All these [which were] chosen to be porters in the gates [were] two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by their genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their set office.
- Ezekiel 11:3 “Which say, [It is] not near; let us build houses: this [city is] the cauldron, and we [be] the flesh.” See also Ezekiel 11:7; 11:11; Micah 3:3; Exodus 16:3. Psalms 14:4 .
- Alfred Edersheim’s book The Temple, p. 71.
- New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
- Acts 2:41, 4:4 “...three thousand souls.” “...men was about five thousand.”
- 07462 (רעה) ReshAyinHei ra`ah is also translated feed 75, shepherd 63, pastor 8, herdmen 7, keep 3, companion 2, and broken, company, devour, eat, entreateth once each and 10 miscellaneous other ways. It is defined 1) to pasture, tend, graze, feed 2) to associate with, be a friend of ... It is the same three letters we see in 07463 (רעה) ReshAyinHei re`eh 1) friend, friend of the king (technical sense)
- 05257 (נסיך ) NunSamechYodKaf nacayk translated prince 3 times, and drink offering, duke, principal once each. It is defined 1) poured out, libation, molten image, one anointed 2) prince, anointed one. And is from (נסך ) NunSamechYodKaf nacak which means 1) to pour out, pour, offer, cast... 1a3) to anoint (a king)... 2) to set, install. The apostles were princes who did not exercise authority.
- The Seven Men by John Moody: McClure’s Magazine, August 1911,
- The Secret Terrorists, The Sinking of the Titanic. The Federal Reserve Act
- From Acts 6:2. The word trapeza (trapeza) is the word bank and is translated "table" and "bank" in the Bible.
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