What does it say?
- Read John 2:12-25
- Who are the different people that are with Jesus in this passage?
- How does the author describe what happened in the Temple?
- How do the disciples respond?
- How do the Jews respond?
- How do other people respond to Jesus' signs?
- Do you see any repeated words?
- What information or insights does the author give us, that the disciples would not have known when these events took place?
What does it mean?
- What is significant about the Passover for Jews?
- Why would people be selling animals in the temple?
- Why do you think this made Jesus so upset?
- Is anger a sin? Why or why not?
- When is it acceptable to be angry?
- What do the people misunderstand in verses 18-22?
- What similarities or differences do you see in verse 17 and verse 22?
- For Christians today, where is the temple of God? (John 1:14, 1 Corinthians 3:16)
- Do you think it is unreliable to believe in Jesus based on his miracles alone (like in verse 23)?
- In verses 24-25, what do you think was in man that Jesus knew?
- Do you see any connection between this and the reliability of the people's faith in verse 23? What is the connection?
How should it change us?
- God no longer dwells in a building, but rather in the hearts of his blood-bought sons and daughters. If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit now dwells in you as God's temple.
- What does this mean for the things we do with our bodies (or even the thoughts in our minds)?
- How can you honor God with your body?
- Are you tempted to put your faith in miracles, signs, or even people?
- What steps can you take to depend on God alone?
- Would other people describe you as zealous or indifferent? Passionate or apathetic?
- How can you grow in your zeal for what God is zealous for?
- Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
- Sing Where Shall I Be?