1. Looking at the time (Passover) and place (the temple in Jerusalem) of this story, what should be the focus of the people in the temple?
2. In v. 16, Jesus identifies what He is so upset about: relationship with God has been replaced by business transactions. Why is this so upsetting to Jesus?
3. How do we struggle with doing the same thing as these leaders: turning our relationship with God into a transaction, and turning other people into our customers?
4. Looking at verses 15-16, what does Jesus do when He realizes what is going on? What is the point of responding so forcefully?
5. How do the leaders respond (v. 18) to what Jesus does? How do we often respond when something surprising and unwelcome happens in our lives?
6. After he is challenged in v. 18, what does Jesus promise in v. 19? What does this say about His intentions, even towards these people who have made Him angry?
7. Is Jesus revealing anything in your heart about how you have turned relationship with God into a transaction?
8. What can you learn about the love of Jesus from how he responds even to people who make Him angry?
12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?”19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.