(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 your house has eaten me up. (18) Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign do you show unto us, seeing that you do 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 will you rear it up in three days? (21) But he spoke 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.
It is interesting to me that Jesus performs this miracle at the wedding feast and then follows up by driving the money changers out of the temple in a display of righteous anger and holy cleansing. Think about this, the Jewish authorities' response and Jesus' response to this and His reaction to those who believed in Him after the miracles He performed.
- (Verses 12-17) Jesus actually took the time to make a scourge (whip) and then proceeded to confront the Jews head-on. Why was Jesus angry?
- (Verse 17) Why did the Jews ask Jesus to show them a sign?
- (Verses 19-22) What did Jesus' response mean?
- (Verses 23-25) Why did Jesus not commit himself to [believe in, put trust in] those who believed in His name? What did he know about man?
* Bonus (Start here): Following up on a significant focus of last week, miracles:
- Are there false miracles? How can you identify them? (Matt. 24:24, 2 Thess. 2:8-12, Acts 8:9-13, Matt. 7:22, Matt. 16:16-18, John 20:29-31)
- I have been thinking about last Friday’s study every day! Is there anything else that you wanted to follow up on or flesh out a little more?