Jesus Clears The Temple
This story is strange to say the least. Jesus is uncharacteristic in his action yet the motive is clear. It is his zeal for his Father’s house that drives him to cleanse the temple. (vs 17) We can’t become lost in this story. The significance lies more in what is meant by the actions not in the actions themselves.
Which part of this story stands out to you the most? Why?
Why do you think John adds verse 22 as a non-chronological marker?
In which two ways does the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ make the temple in Jerusalem obsolete?
1) Jesus became the once and for all sacrifice for all sin. Making the need for animal sacrifice obsolete.
2) God choose to dwell in the heart of man after the resurrection. Making every believer the new temple of God.
Read 1 Corinthians 16:19-20
When you think of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of you. How does it make you feel?
What benefit do you see from God choosing to make his resident in the hearts of men?
Are you currently a worthy temple for the presence of God?
What areas of your heart do you need to allow God to cleanse? (Selfishness, evil)
Ask God to come and cleanse your heart. Allow him to fully consume you. Pray that God will give you grace to see the areas of your life that need cleansing. Thank him for invading our lives and choosing to bridge the gap between himself and man.
Sit in the presence of God!