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John 2:12-17

Lesson # John 2:12-17
Study Material - John 2:12-17

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John 2:12-17

12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother, and His brothers, and His disciples; and there they stayed a few days. 13 And the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers seated. 15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the moneychangers, and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, 'Take these things away; stop making My Father's house a house of merchandise.' 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, 'Zeal for Thy house will consume me.'

From the wedding party, Jesus and his followers, including His mother went to Capernaum. This is referred to as His own city in Matt. 9:1, And Jesus went to this city several times during His three year ministry. It was a central head quarters of sorts. Located in northern Palestine, on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, in the region of Galilee.

The people followed Christ. Normally people follow their parents when they go places, but here Jesus went and his mother and others followed. Though we are not told how much time is spent in Capernaum, from there they went to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration. This would be the first of thee four Passovers that Christ would attend. The fourth, and last, would be His crucifixion. So in Jesus' three and a half year ministry, which began with His baptism, approximately 6 months have passed until the first Passover.

This is called the Passover of the Jews. They had turned the Holy feasts into commercial events, rather than doctrinal teaching events as they were originally designed.

Jesus went to the temple and began driving out those commercial activities within. People were supposed to bring the first fruits of their annual production. Whether a bull or a pigeon, depending on their respective prosperity, made no difference, but they were not simply to go to the temple and buy their sacrifice because it was convenient.

The whole purpose of the passover as well as the other feasts, was to teach the gospel, and doctrine to the people. To teach the meaning of the Passover, of God judging the sins of the world and passing over the sins of the human race throughout history up until the time of the Cross, and then executing their certain judgment which was taken by Christ on the Cross. The whole purpose of the sacrifice was that each should give of their annual production to the church. Each person was expected to give out of their best produce, not just the excess discard which they might throw away anyway. But to demonstrate their thanks for all that God had provided during the year. We still have that requirement, to give back to God via some Bible oriented group or organization for the purpose of perpetuating the teaching of Bible doctrine. Not just to get a tax write off. Not to gain popularity by giving so others can see you give. Not to promote some social programs or a budget of a church. But to promote Bible teaching. All of the others social functions that churches get involved in these days are distractions away from Bible study. Some churches have legitimate charitable functions too, and these are of course good programs. You have to decide what best fits your budget and to whom you will contribute. We, each of us have that obligation. We cannot pretend it away. Part of growing up spiritually requires our application of the doctrines we learn, and charity is one of those commands.

Jesus tore into the temple. It is the House Of God, which had become corrupted for profit, not teaching doctrine. Jesus owned that house, which these people had violated. Centuries before when the temple had been constructed, a couple of times actually, upon the completion of the construction, Jesus Christ came into the temple and filled it as a dark cloud. His glory had not yet been fulfilled. Now Jesus enters the temple and finds corruption totally lacking Bible teaching. The feasts were nothing more than extended weekend holidays, social events for getting together with family and friends. And church or the holiday, is just something that you dress up for. God is sort of given superficial recognition but generally ignored.

The disciples who were still with Him were reflecting on the scriptures they had studied, Psa. 69:9, where zeal consumed Jesus in this case as He drove out, or went through the motions of driving out and objecting to the presence of the commercial activities within the temple court yard.

Bible study is not a convenient mechanism for making money. We do not sell prayer towels, or T-shirts, or beads, or crosses, or gold things that some how make you more 'godly'. We do not go around saying 'amen' and holding out the poor mans cup for money, or passing the plate for handouts. The things that make you more 'godly' are Bible doctrine in your soul. Something that people cannot see. Jewelry can be seen and it means nothing. But we are not to impress people, only God. And God is only impressed by the doctrine resident in your soul and your spiritual growth, all of which He provides.

Jesus confronted the attitude of the day, which was apathy toward God. More energy was given to the making of money, than the teaching of Bible doctrine. The priorities were wrong. People who seek happiness from their worldly activities will never find it. People who advance in their Bible study, will be given prosperity from God without limits.

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