Just Announced: Philippians Sermon Series

Summary: Jesus proves He is the fulfillment of Psalm 69 and the long-awaited Messiah!

What we’re about to read in John 2:12-22 is a popular story and no doubt one you’ve heard many times before. If anyone makes a movie about Jesus this is sure to be included, and the main point usually goes to show that Jesus really loved God’s house, and I suppose that means so should we. While Christ certainly did love the Lord’s House, and so should we, that’s not the main point of our story. If you want to know what this is all about you need only look at verses 17 and 22.

17And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

22When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

What we find filling in the context of these two verses are two signs proving that Jesus is not only someone who can perform miracles, but He is the One promised to Adam and the hope of every Jew since. This chapter proves the Messiahship of Christ, and verses 12-14 serve as the introduction:

After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days. 13And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

There was a commandment for every Israelite man over 21 years old to pay a temple tax (Ex. 31:12-16; Mt. 17:24). But they couldn’t use just any coin they chose; they had to us a special one, and they could only get it from the temple. The money-changers knew this and they sold this coin for a huge profit. “You want to obey God? Give me your money and I’ll sell you what you need.” This isn’t just a simple transaction between a couple people on temple property—it’s extortion and greed.

So you can see why Jesus has such a strong reaction:

15And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

The Greek word for “merchandise” is where we get our English word "emporium." He’s saying, “Don’t make my Father’s house a house of trade. Don’t turn it into a market.”

It’s interesting to note that He doesn’t just drive out the money-changers, but He actually drives out all the sacrifices as well. I have a picture in my mind of Him standing alone for a moment inside the temple, and I don’t think that’s accidental. He’s about to reveal that the Jewish temple is the shadow and His body is the substance. The Godhead dwells bodily in this temple not made with human hands, and there’s no room for any other thing. This isn’t lost on the disciples:

17And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

This was evidence that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah! This Scripture is Psalm 69:9. The whole Psalm points to Christ who became sin for us and bore our shame. Read it as though Christ Himself were saying it:

Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. 2I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. 3I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. 4They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away. 5O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. 6Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. 7Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. 8I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. 9For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. 10When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. 11I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. 12They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards. 13But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. 14Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. 15Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. 16Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. 17And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. 18Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies. 19Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee. 20Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. 21They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. 22Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. 23Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. 24Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them. 25Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents. 26For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. 27Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. 28Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. 29But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. 30I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. 32The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. 33For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners. 34Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein. 35For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession. 36The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.

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