Tuesday, July 20, 2021

John 2:13-25 Devotional Bible Study by Steve Wilson

John 2:13-25

When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”[c]

 

18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

 

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

 

20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

 

23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name.[d] 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

 

Footnotes

  1. John 2:17 Psalm 69:9
  2. John 2:23 Or in him

 


Two Temples in One!

The stories of Jesus driving the merchants out of the Temple and Him not entrusting Himself to people are really one and the same story. Jesus links the two when He says He is the Temple.

 

Let’s break it down.

 

The Temple was supposed to be a place where people worshiped and honored God. Instead, the merchants were using the Temple to get what they wanted – in this case, money. They were in the Temple, outwardly serving the Lord by helping people to make their sacrifices, but they weren’t there for the right reasons. The Temple was the place people met with God, and they were treating it as a market instead of the Holy of Holies.

 

When Jesus began performing miracles, crowds believed in Him, but after seeing how people treated the Temple, He wasn’t going to entrust Himself to anyone. Just like the merchants were misusing the Temple, those of us who believe in Jesus can be tempted to misuse Him. We get into the mindset of thinking about what we can get out of Jesus vs. how we can serve Him. We come to Christ, our Temple, the means by which we can meet with God, and forget all about His Holiness in the midst of trying to get our needs met.

 

There’s NOTHING WRONG with asking Jesus to help us, but we first must remember He is the Lord. He is holy, mighty, so far above us that we can’t grasp how awesome He is. He isn’t our tool but our Master.

 

Okay, I said Two Temples, but we know the Bible refers to a third temple where God dwells, and that’s the Temple of the Holy Spirit, you and me (1 Corinthians 6:19). Because of the forgiveness God the Father gives us through God the Son, we have been made to be a clean and suitable place for God the Holy Spirit to dwell.

 

With the Apostle Paul, can I tell you not to defile the temple of your body? It’s supposed to be the place where you and God’s Spirit meet together. Don’t use it for anything unholy. Don’t fill it with anything unholy. Don’t watch or listen to something that doesn’t belong in the Temple! Don’t use your bodily existence to get what you want but concentrate on loving and serving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

 

God’s Temple was holy because He is holy. Jesus is holy. If His Spirit lives in you, you are holy. Let’s not be like the Israelites, who “do not distinguish between the holy and the common and teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean” (Ezekiel 22:26).

 

Take a minute to let the Holy Spirit speak to you about how you can better treat the things of God as being holy.

 

 

 

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