John Chapter 2
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The miracle at Cana. (1-11) Christ casts the buyers and sellers out of the temple. (12-22) Many believe in Christ. (23-25)1-11 It is very desirable when there is a marriage, to have Christ own and bless it. Those that would have Christ with them at their marriage, must invite him by prayer, and he will come. While in this world we sometimes find ourselves in straits, even when we think ourselves in fulness. There was want at a marriage feast. Those who are come to care for the things of the world, must look for trouble, and count upon disappointment. In our addresses to Christ, we must humbly spread our case before him, and then refer ourselves to him to do as he pleases. In Christ's reply to his mother there was no disrespect. He used the same word when speaking to her with affection from the cross; yet it is a standing testimony against the idolatry of after-ages, in giving undue honours to his mother. His hour is come when we know not what to do. Delays of mercy are not denials of prayer. Those that expect Christ's favours, must observe his orders with ready obedience. The way of duty is the way to mercy; and Christ's methods must not be objected against. The beginning of Moses' miracles was turning water into blood, #Ex 7:20|; the beginning of Christ's miracles was turning water into wine; which may remind us of the difference between the law of Moses and the gospel of Christ. He showed that he improves creature-comforts to all true believers, and make them comforts indeed. And Christ's works are all for use. Has he turned thy water into wine, given thee knowledge and grace? it is to profit withal; therefore draw out now, and use it. It was the best wine. Christ's works commend themselves even to those who know not their Author. What was produced by miracles, always was the best in its kind. Though Christ hereby allows a right use of wine, he does not in the least do away his own caution, which is, that our hearts be not at any time overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, #Lu 21:34|. Though we need not scruple to feast with our friends on proper occasions, yet every social interview should be so conducted, that we might invite the Redeemer to join with us, if he were now on earth; and all levity, luxury, and excess offend him.
12-22 The first public work in which we find Christ engaged, was driving from the temple the traders whom the covetous priests and rulers encouraged to make a market-place of its courts. Those now make God's house a house of merchandise, whose minds are filled with cares about worldly business when attending religious exercises, or who perform Divine offices for love of gain. Christ, having thus cleansed the temple, gave a sign to those who demanded it, to prove his authority for so doing. He foretells his death by the Jews' malice, Destroy ye this temple; I will permit you to destroy it. He foretells his resurrection by his own power; In three days I will raise it up. Christ took again his own life. Men mistake by understanding that according to the letter, which the Scripture speaks by way of figure. When Jesus was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered he has said this. It helps much in understanding the Divine word, to observe the fulfilling of the Scriptures.
23-25 Our Lord knew all men, their nature, dispositions, affections, designs, so as we do not know any man, not even ourselves. He knows his crafty enemies, and all their secret projects; his false friends, and their true characters. He knows who are truly his, knows their uprightness, and knows their weaknesses. We know what is done by men; Christ knows what is in them, he tries the heart. Beware of a dead faith, or a formal profession: carnal, empty professors are not to be trusted, and however men impose on others or themselves, they cannot impose on the heart-searching God.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Mike D's John Chapter 2 comment about verse 15 on 2/07/2015, 7:16am...
Here we see Jesus taking the time to make a scourge probably from the cords that were laying on the floor from the animals being brought in. This is a deliberate action on Jesus 's part. You can see him as takes the time while the zeal for His Father 's house is being marred. This is a different side of Jesus that many people fail to see. We often talk about the love of Jesus and fail to His Righteous indignation. They are about to experience this in the next verse.
Mike D's John Chapter 2 comment about verse 14 on 2/07/2015, 6:59am...
With everything in context you would have to assume that Jesus isn 't well known at this point at least to the money changers. This is early in his ministry and they just left Capernaum where he did his first miracle. That 's about to change. This verse states he found those that sold oxen and sheep and doves and changers of money sitting in the temple. The selling of those things wasn 't wrong, nor was the money exchanging going on so far as they weren 't merchandising the people. It was where they were doing it, in the temple of God that was the problem.
Mike D's John Chapter 2 comment about verse 13 on 2/07/2015, 6:39am...
It 's no surprise that we see Jesus attending the Passover, he had been doing that since his youth. What is surprising is what will happen in the next verse. For many the Jewish faith was corrupt and mechanical. Scandal had over taken the process with the money changers cheating the people as they brought their different currencies and would have to exchange for the currency used in Jerusalem. Along with that the people often brought good sacrifices that were refused and would have to buy another at outrages price. This is the setting for what will happen
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