Today's passage: John 2:13-25
- God the Son had a zeal for the temple (Psalm 69:9). The Jewish religious leaders had allowed the worship of God to become a business operation. It was to be a place of worship, not selfish gain.
- The leaders questioned Jesus' authority over them in the temple and demanded a sign. The only sign he promised was his own resurrection.
- Even Christ's resurrection wouldn't have been enough of a sign (Luke 16:31).
- The words “believed” and “entrust” are from the same Greek word (Verses 23-24). Jesus (Omnipotently) knew exactly what it was the people were believing in (And what for…). He knew not to have faith in their fickle and materialistic faith.
Questions to consider:
- Why wasn't it wrong for Jesus to cleanse the temple? Why wasn't it a sin? Who is He?
- Why wasn't the resurrection, or Jesus' teaching or other miracles, enough to convince the majority of the Jewish leaders that He was their Lord and Messiah? Were these leaders truly worshiping the Lord before Jesus came? What had God “become” for them?
- Who is God “to you?” Who does the Bible say He is? Why is it so important that our thinking and practices align with the truth of God's Word?