Over The Last Week:
What did God teach you as you studied His Word? What treasures were uncovered? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? In what way did you become or commit to become more like Christ as a result of spending time with Him?
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Ice Breaker Question: What guest would cause you to get busy and clean your house or car as you prepare to host them (the boss, a pastor, your in-laws, a celebrity, royalty, a political figure etc.)?
Question 1: How does seeing the anger of Jesus in this passage influence your view of Him? Does it fit into your picture or are there things about your picture of Jesus that need to be adjusted in response to this passage?
Question 2: What does this passage teach us about holy anger? How do the things that make us angry compare with what made Jesus angry? Or, to quote Paul Tripp: “How much of your anger in the last few weeks had anything whatsoever to do with the kingdom of God?”
Question 3: What do you think are some parallels in the modern-day church to the money changers in the temple?
Question 4: By turning over the tables and purging the temple, Jesus seems to be claiming authority on behalf of God. This was not lost on the Jews who immediately asked “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” (i.e. ,What right do you have to do this?) How would the sign Jesus mentioned (His death and resurrection) be a sign of His authority?
Question 5: Originally the sellers were set up outside the temple to help the Jews traveling from far away. How may this have evolved into the scene Jesus responded to? Were there any exceptions made as Jesus addressed and cleared out the sellers and the money-changers? What does Christ’s zeal to maintain purity in His temple imply about the creeping and seemingly subtle invasion of sin in our nation, community, church and in our own lives?
Question 6: In what ways were the actions of Christ in the temple uniquely disruptive to each individual present? Did the actions and words of Jesus make sense to each one there? What disruption have you experienced in your life lately? Should you expect to understand the purpose of this disruption?
Question 7: In 1 Corinthians 3:16 Paul asks ‘Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?‘ Can you remember a time in your life as a believer when the Holy Spirit was tossing over the tables of your heart? Which area in your “spiritual house” do you think needs some cleaning? The Dining Room (your appetites, desires); The Study (where you practice your talents, gifts, skills, abilities); The Living Room (relationships, family life); The Media Room (how you entertain yourself)
Assignment for the week ahead
Complete the Week 5 Study Guide and continue to journal. Pray that God would help you unreservedly accept and flourish during those disruptive and challenging times when living in accordance with the word of God seems to make no sense to others. Consider how you could share with a confused observer how your personal relationship with Christ liberates you to think and live differently.