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John 2:12-22

John 2:12-22

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Published by John Shearhart
Jesus proves He is the fulfillment of Psalm 69 and the long-awaited Messiah!
Jesus proves He is the fulfillment of Psalm 69 and the long-awaited Messiah!

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Published by: John Shearhart on Jul 29, 2013
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John 2:12-22
 July 28, 2013
What we’re about to read in John 2:12-22 is a popular story and no doubt oneyou’ve heard many times before. If anyone makes a movie about Jesus this is sureto be included, and the main point usually goes to show that Jesus really lovedGod’s house, and I suppose that means so should we. While Christ certainly didlove the Lord’s House, and so should we, that’s not the main point of our story. If you want to know what this is all about you need only look at verses 17 and 22.
 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hatheaten me up.
When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
 What we find filling in the context of these two verses are two signs proving that  Jesus is not only someone who can perform miracles, but He is the One promisedto Adam and the hope of every Jew since. This chapter proves the Messiahship of Christ, and verses 12-14 serve as the introduction:
 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and hisbrethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
 Andthe Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and thechangers of money sitting:
There was a commandment for every Israelite man over 21 years old to pay atemple tax (Ex. 31:12-16; Mt. 17:24). But they couldn’t use just any coin they chose;they had to us a special one, and they could only get it from the temple. Themoney-changers knew this and they sold this coin for a huge profit.
“You want toobey God? Give me your money and I’ll sell you what you need.” This isn’t just asimple transaction between a couple people on temple property—it’s extortion andgreed.So you can see why Jesus has such a strong reaction:
 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ 
 money, and overthrew the tables;
 And said unto them that sold doves,Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of  merchandise.
The Greek word for “merchandise” is where we get our English word "emporium."He’s saying, “Don’t make my Father’s house a house of trade. Don’t turn it into amarket.”It’s interesting to note that He doesn’t just drive out the money-changers, but Heactually drives out all the sacrifices as well. I have a picture in my mind of Himstanding alone for a moment inside the temple, and I don’t think that’s accidental.He’s about to reveal that the Jewish temple is the shadow and His body is thesubstance. The Godhead dwells bodily in this temple not made with human hands,and there’s no room for any other thing. This isn’t lost on the disciples:
 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
This was evidence that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah! This Scripture isPsalm 69:9. The whole Psalm points to Christ who became sin for us and bore ourshame. Read it as though Christ Himself were saying it:
Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.
 I sink in deep mire,where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow  me.
 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head:they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I  restored that which I took not away.
O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my  sins are not hid from thee.
 Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord G
of hosts, beashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, OGod of Israel.
 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my  face.
 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’schildren.
 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of themthat reproached thee are fallen upon me.
When I wept, and chastened my soulwith fasting, that was to my reproach.
 I made sackcloth also my garment; and became a proverb to them.
They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I wasthe song of the drunkards.
 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O L
 , in anacceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy  salvation.
 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
 Let not the waterfloodoverflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouthupon me.
 Hear me, O L
 ; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me
according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
 And hide not thy face from thy  servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.
 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.
Thou hast known my reproach,and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.
 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
They gave me alsogall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
 Let their tablebecome a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their  loins continually to shake.
 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.
 Let their habitation be desolate; and let nonedwell in their tents.
 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.
 Add iniquity unto their  iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.
 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.
 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
This also shall pleasethe L
better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
 For the L
heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.
 Let the heaven andearth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.
 For God will saveZion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession.
The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.
This is what the context of what the disciples would have been thinking whenthey tied Him to this Psalm. “This is the one who would be consumed by jealousyfor God’s temple!” But not everyone’s thinking like that:
Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou untous, seeing that thou doest these things? 
It’s an amazing response to me, but these men who’ve just been lashed with Hiswhip ask Him to cite His authority for doing so. “What can you do to show us youhave the right to drive us out like you just did?”
 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple inbuilding, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 
 But he spake of the templeof his body.

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