Jesus Cleanses The Temple

Jesus Cleanses the Temple in Jerusalem

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JOHN 2 BIBLE STUDY
8-11 Master of the Feast
12 Jesus' Brothers
13 Passover

14-17 Jesus Cleanses the Temple

18-25 Destroy This Temple
JOHN 2:14-17  14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”

What did Jesus use to cleanse the temple?
A “whip of cords” (John 2:15) and His voice: “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” (John 2:16).

Was Jesus angry when He cleansed the temple?
Very: “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” (John 2:17)

Why?
Because Jesus loves God the Father, He was outraged that the house where He is to be worshipped had been turned into a “house of merchandise.” When someone you love is being dishonored, outrage is the right reaction.

How do you feel and react when God's holy name is being blasphemed around you, on televisions, on social media, etc., as a cuss word?
 

What were the money-changers doing in the temple, and why did the “Jews” object in John 2:18?
Only healthy animals were to be sacrificed at the temple, lest people offer sick and lame animals as offerings to God. At first, people brought their own animals and the priests inspected them to make sure that they were healthy before sacrificing them. Fast forward a few hundred years and the priests were telling the people to leave their animals at home and instead just come and buy animals at the temple, but there was a catch. Since the priests couldn't touch coins that bore the Caesar’s image, the people first had to change their money, for a fee of course, into a special temple money. So the Jewish leaders and their merchants at the temple were making money twice - the currency exchange and the sale of the animals - on each person and didn’t appreciate Jesus crimping their business.

How does this contrast with what the first Christians did?
The Jews used the temple to do business with each other. The first Christians shared within the church: “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.” (Acts 2:44-45)

Is your church like the Jewish temple or the first Christian church?
 

If you are an accountant, dentist, financial advisor, doctor, lawyer, etc., particularly at a large church, do you use your God-given skills to help the struggling members of your church who need your help, or do you attend your church with an eye toward drawing more paying clients?
 

How did Jesus say charitable deeds should be done?
“Take heed that ye do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise ye have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:1-4)

If you do help the body of Christ for free, do you do it His way?
 

And do any Christian leaders today run their church as a business?
 

Where does the Bible say the judgment will begin?
“at the house of God.” (1 Peter 4:17)

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