READ John 2:12-25
As with most passages of Scripture, many questions arise. Some deepen the current context of the passage, and some lead to another study all together. It is important to stop and consider these questions before moving forward. These questions may or may not have come up in your personal time, or group study; still, I welcome you to join in on this discussion. Please share your thoughts and insights. Or, feel free to raise another question that would take us deeper into the Word of God. (If you haven't read the summary for this passage of Scripture click here)
Along with John 2:12-25, read the following passages of Scripture and then answer the following questions.
Genesis 9: 4-6; Exodus 12; Leviticus 8-9; Leviticus 17:10-14; Malachi 3:1-5
1. What is the importance of blood?
2. Why do you think these strict requirements were necessary in preparation to enter the tabernacle of God?
3. What do you think the importance of life and blood say about the depth of sin that God would require the shedding of Blood?
4. How do these few passages of Scripture add more meaning to the reaction of Jesus at the temple?
5. How does Leviticus 8-9 add deeper understanding to Jesus as the Lamb of God.
Before Jesus was crucified and resurrected, God dwelt in the temple. After Jesus rose from the dead, He said His dwelling place would be the hearts of men who have been born again. Do you think His reaction to the actions of the people on the temple grounds was an example of the anger and hurt He would later feel? Perhaps it was a direct connection to Him referring to Himself as a temple.
"Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is Holy, which temple you are." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
This is something to consider as we move into chapter 3 and the subject of being born again. Do you claim to be a Christian yet defile God's temple?
Lord help us to take our walk with you seriously and in reverence and fear of the Lord. You paid a high price - blood for blood - life for life. Forgive me when I forget what you did for me.
(C) Teresa Ortiz. Book of John study - Discussion questions 2:12-25 2010