The book of Exodus tells of God leading the Israelites into a new covenant relationship, giving them the moral, ritual and civil legislation by which they were to become a holy people in whom the promise of a Saviour for all humankind would be fulfilled.
Greek culture valued intellectual “wisdom”. Paul explained that there are different kinds of “wisdom” (I Corinthians 1:18-25).
The cleansing of the Temple, foreshadowed the post-resurrection replacement of the Temple by the person of Jesus (John 2:19).
- Which of the Ten Commandments are the most difficult to follow? Why?
- In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul noted that, to unbelievers, the cross symbolized impotence and failure. How can it be seen to display the “power and wisdom of God”?
- What did Jesus feel was lacking in Temple worship? (John 2:13)
- What does the cross mean to you?
- How does Jesus’ behaviour in the Temple fit with your image of Jesus?
- How would Jesus respond if He came into a regular service of worship in your church?
Food for thought:
One can sense in Jesus anger and sorrow as he struck out at those who had turned what was holy into a crass, money-making operation. The whip was a sign of authority and force. The whole house must be cleansed if true worship was to be restored.