John 2:17-25

1:17 – Zeal for your house will eat me up. David “was being persecuted because of his zeal (intense devotion) toward God’s house and God’s honor (read Psalms 69:9). The disciples were afraid that Jesus’ actions would precipitate (accelerate) the same type of persecution.” The Apostle Paul says, … The reproaches those who reproached (condemned) you fell on me (read Romans 15:3). (John MacArthur).

 1:18 – What sign do you show us?The Jewish leaders did not understand why Jesus condemned them. They didn’t realize it was because they needed to have a proper attitude and to be holy in worship.

 1:19 – … Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. The chief priests and the whole council sought witnesses against Jesus to put him to death and found none. For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony didn’t agree with each other, Some stood up, and gave false testimony against him, saying, we heard him say I will destroy this temple that is made with the hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands. At Jesus’ trial,the chief priests and the whole council used these words to threaten Him (Mark 14:55-58).

 1:20-21 – The Apostle John explains the words of Jesus in verse 19 as a reference to his body which in fact was raised from the dead within three days of obvious death and burial. The chief priest and the disciples could not have understood what Jesus meant until after the death and resurrection of Jesus.

 1:23-25 – The Apostle John demonstrated the deity of Christ in the story of the cleansing of the Temple. Jesus knows us, who we really are.                                      

                    -All Scripture passages are taken from the World English Bible (WEB)-

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