This Week – Jesus is in the Temple (John 2:13-23)

Dear Friends,

This week is the third week of Lent and it sure feels like spring is coming!

If you haven’t picked up a copy of the Camas Friends lenten reader you can pick one up this Sunday. If you are not planning to be with us this week but would like to get a copy please send an email to Brad ("the temp") Tricola at office with your address and he’ll mail you one.

This Sunday at 6pm is our Meeting for Worship for Business we hope you’ll plan to be here for that.

We continue to consider the many ways in which the "good news" is presented through our readings from the Gospels this Lenten season. This Sunday we are focusing on Jesus’ prophetic act in the temple:

“The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After 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.” (John 2:13–22 NRSV)

Queries:

  • What do you think the good news that is being announced here?
  • Can we learn anything from this text about the difference between wilderness & temple?
  • What do you think got Jesus so enraged in this text?

I look forward to our meeting for worship on Sunday with all of you,
Wess