Love Lesson
Lesson Seven: by turtle

John 2:12-25 KJV
(12)  After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many
days.
(13)  And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
(14)  And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
(15)  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;
(16)  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
(17)  And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
(18)  Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
(19)  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
(20)  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
(21)  But he spake of the temple of his body.
(22)  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.
(23)  Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he
did.
(24)  But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
(25)  And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

1.What was Christ concern in this story? Why did it make Him mad?

(13)  And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
(14)  And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
(15)  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;
(16)  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

Selling in a temple  was not an unusual custom for this day and time. The heathens often sold in their gods houses. But it was not God?s
intent for selling to take place in His temple. Fact is the Temple was suppose to be Holy Ground. Not a place to make a profit or to line your
pockets. The moneychangers where there to do just that. To make a profit by selling the animals for sacrifice and for whatever else. They
had begun to use God in a way that did not please Him. The moneychangers gold was to make a profit off of God. God bounty is plentiful
but what you don't? do is make a profit off of God. Instead of the Temple being a place of worship it become a market place a place to sell
and buy and trade. It no longer was a place to honor God. This is why it made Jesus so angry to find them buying and selling.

So Jesus cleared his Father house. This angered many of the people around him and they began to question him concerning how he could do
this. Christ reply was:

(18)  Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
(19)  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up

2.How could Christ destroy and build a temple in three days?

Jews did not understand how Christ could destroy the temple in three days.

20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

Christ was not talking of the earthly temple. A Temple made out of stone and rock. To the Jews they
thought that the temple was a building, much like a lot of Christians do today. But the true temple of God is
in each believer. Where ever true worshipers are that is where God is. It doesn't have to be in a man made
building. God is pleased more with a broken heart and contrite spirit, then with pomp and circumstance or
religious legalism
.

Psalms 51:17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

The temple was suppose to be a place that would draw all men to God.

Israel was suppose to be a nation devote to serving God. And God promised if they followed Him and keep their ways from evil he would
bless them. Well the did the opposite they went after false God?s and false wealth. The religious structure changed from what it was suppose
to be by God?s plan. Man carried out their on perversion of the Love of God with rules and regulations. The temple was suppose to be a
place where true worshippers could meet to praise God and to glorify God.

Now once we understand that the true worshippers or body of believers is the church or temple. It begans to make sense how Christ could
say:

19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

Christ was talking about His body. About his death and resurrection to come. He is the chief cornerstone of the temple of God. What I
mean is he is the foundation stone for all that believe in Him. Believing in love or good works does not make you a believer in Christ.
Believing in Jesus is the only way to have eternal life.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life.

Those who truly worship God worship God in spirit and in truth with the foundation being Jesus. Salvation being our hope.

John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father
seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

3. What were His disciples reaction and what were the audience's reaction?

4.What was Jesus talking about here when He said :Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up?
How come they did not understand?

Disciples recalled this conversation after Christ arose from the dead. They now understood that true worshipers would worship in Spirit.
That zeal for God house had been misplaced. But I am sure at the moment they were quite astonished of the events.

The audience was puzzled confused and did not understand what Christ said. I am sure if we had heard at the time we would not understand
that Christ was talking about His body both physical and spiritual. But knowing that Christ arose from the dead we are enlightened by this
mystery in the Bible.

5.What can we learn and apply to ourselves out of this lesson?

We can learn sometimes God does not reveal everything to us but in time He does. We can also learn not to be like the moneychangers and
use God for profit or gain but to have a broken heart and contrite spirit towards God. We can also learn that Christ is the chief cornerstone.
The foundation of our faith. And that if we choose to worship Him we are part of His temple.