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CHRIST, THE NEW TEMPLE - CAC The Living Water - Tues 31 July 2018

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2 years 3 months ago #6910 by gospelnaija
CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

TUESDAY JULY 31, 2018

TOPIC: CHRIST, THE NEW TEMPLE

Read John 2:13-22

MEMORISE

But He was speaking of the temple of His body

(John 2:21).

EXPOSITION
For many Jews travelling long distances, the ability to purchase the required sacrificial animals in Jerusalem was a necessary convenience. Yet when Jesus entered the temple in today's passage, He was clearly not happy with the marketplace scene. One reason is the specific location of the market stalls - in the temple courts (v14;NIV), that is, in the outer court of the Gentiles.
Gentiles were not allowed to proceed beyond this area of the temple, and their worship would have been disrupted by the chaos of bargaining voices, bleating sheep,and lowing cattle. The merchants had indeed made My Father's house a house of merchandise! (v.16). In a parallel account. Jesus specifically identifies His concern for the Gentiles: My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations (Mark 11:17; cf. Isa. 56:7). Jesus' actions in the temple demonstrate a judgment promised earlier by God in Malachi. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple... For He is like a refiner's fire and like launderers' soap (Mal.3:1,2).
This is more than just saying that the worship practices had gone wrong. Jesus' words and actions hint at the coming end of the animal sacrificial system. When the religious authorities demanded a sign from Jesus. He responded that He could restore a destroyed temple in three days (Jn.2:19). His audience misunderstood His words to refer to the physical temple, not realising that He was the full embodiment of the temple (v21). He was the presence of God in their midst. Only after the resurrection did the disciples understand.
John 2 is a continuation of the theme of John 1:14. With the coming of Jesus, God now tabernacles with humanity, and Jesus Himself is the new temple.
In Jesus, worship of God is open to all. What friends, co - workers, neighbours, or family members, need is an invitation to come into relationship with the God who dwells with us? Pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit, then, look for opportunities today, to share the gospel. Pray that hearts would be open to receive Christ.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Lord, help me to see things the way You see them, not the way others see them.
2. Lord, help me not defile or desecrate Your temple (cf.1 Cor. 6:19).
3. Lord, purge our churches of all the unrepentant spiritual merchants and marauders that are ravaging and defiling them.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Job 24-27 & 1 Peter 4

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