March 11 – 3rd Sunday in Lent

Readings:

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19

I Corinthians 1:18:25

John 2:13-22

Notes:

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).

 

Questions:

A

  1. Which of the Ten Commandments are the most difficult to follow? Why?
  2. 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”?
  3. What did Jesus feel was lacking in Temple worship? (John 2:13)

B

  1. What does the cross mean to you?
  2. How does Jesus’ behaviour in the Temple fit with your image of Jesus?
  3. 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.

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