2 John

Author

Eric Keener

Scripture

John 2:1-25

Observation

  • Jesus’ mother seemed to already understand Jesus was able to make “things” (miracles) happen as she asked him to solve the issue of wine having run out at the wedding that he and his disciples were at.
  • Jesus was clearly in communication with the Spirit as he already knew when his “time” was coming.
  • Jesus seemed to want to keep the miracle on the “down low” as he didn’t show the miracle to everyone, rather just the servants. This miracle not only showed his power over creation, but also that he met the felt needs of people in a realistic way.
  • As a result of this miracle, his disciples believed in him.
  • Jesus was clearly angry that the temple was being used as a marketplace, and in his anger, drove people out with a whip.  This was in regard to the prophecy in Psalm 69:9 about the zeal for God’s House.
  • When the Jews questioned Jesus, he prophesied about his death but they did not catch it. It wasn’t until he died and rose again 3 days later that his disciples remembered him saying this.
  • Jesus again has a supernatural ability when it comes to recognizing the different of people’s belief based on miracles (being star struck) versus true belief.

Application

  • Faith in Jesus needs to be deep-rooted, true faith and not just temporary enthusiasm.
  • If we are walking in the dust of our master, Jesus, then we ought also be very aware about things happening in the “temple” that should not be. Sin, for instance, does not belong in the temple and Paul talks about the proper steps of exposing it and dealing with it. It also makes me think of how much we need to pray for our “temple leaders” (pastors) that they are diligent to lead the body in the right direction.
  • As they say, “Hindsight is 20/20” just like how his disciples didn’t understand what he said about rebuilding the temple but it seems like there can be an application of wisdom here. When we read something in the Bible, we ought to truly meditate on it day and night (Josh 1:8), pray through it, SOAP it perhaps, in order that we might better discern what is the perfect will of God as described through the scriptures.

Prayer

Dear Lord, Thank you for Jesus. Thank you that he is the light in darkness, the resurrection and the life. Thank you for allowing us to have faith and the honor of serving you as our King. Please reveal the sin in our lives and help us to repent of it so that the temple of your Spirit, us, would be clean. Please continue to give our leaders increased faith, spiritual wisdom, and a deep love as they guide, equip and mentor us. We love you. Amen.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. jim Asselin wrote:
Thank you Eric,
Oh the things I drag into the place of worship probably smell worse than livestock. The return on investment that my heart seeks are not all that different from the money changers. Lord, cleanse my heart and renew a right spirit within me. Fill me with more of You.

Mon, October 26, 2015 @ 8:20 AM

2. jim Asselin wrote:
Thank you Eric,
Oh the things I drag into the place of worship probably smell worse than livestock. The return on investment that my heart seeks are not all that different from the money changers. Lord, cleanse my heart and renew a right spirit within me. Fill me with more of You.

Mon, October 26, 2015 @ 8:36 AM

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