Exploitation, Restoration, Authorization
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Exploitation, Restoration, Authorization

John 2:13–17  (ID: 0576)

When Jesus entered the temple in Jerusalem to worship at Passover, He found the people being cheated under the guise of religion. We may be troubled by Jesus’ forceful response, failing to recognize that He used His authority not in self-interest but with a passion to set things right. The Jewish leaders questioned Jesus’ right to act. Alistair Begg helps us understand how we likewise struggle with the issue of authority. Do we find Jesus worthy enough to kneel before?

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

13The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15And 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. 16And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.