Saturday, May 8, 2010

ThoughtForWeek - 2nd Sunday in May

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2nd Sunday in May

John 2:11-16

This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory,
and His disciples believed in Him.

After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother, and His brothers, and His
disciples; and there they stayed a few days. And the Passover of the Jews was at
hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and
the moneychangers seated.

And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep
and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the moneychangers, and overturned their
tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, "Take these things away;
stop making My Father's house a house of merchandise." John 2:11-16


Why did Jesus drive the money-changers from the temple?

Are we worshiping and sacrificing to God as He intended...or are we merely accumulating
"religious" items that have no bearing on God's will for our lives?

Suggested Bible Reading for Month:

May 1-7:New Testament -- Luke 20:1 - Luke 22:71. Old Testament -- 1 Samuel 17 -
2 Samuel 3.

May 8-14: New Testament-- Luke 23:1 - John 1:51. Old Testament -- 2 Samuel 4 - 2
Samuel 20.
May 15-21: New Testament -- John 2:1 - John 5:47. Old Testament -- 2 Samuel 21 -
1 Kings 8.
May 22-31: New Testament -- John 6:1 - John 9:12. Old Testament -- 1 Kings 9 - 2
Kings 5.

Easy-to-Read Version:

This was the first miracle that Jesus did. Jesus did this miracle in the town of
Cana in Galilee. So Jesus showed his greatness. And his followers believed in him.

Then Jesus went to the town of Capernaum. Jesus' mother and brothers and his followers
went with him. They all stayed in Capernaum a few days. It was almost time for the
Jewish Passover. So Jesus went to Jerusalem.

In Jerusalem Jesus went to the temple. In the temple area Jesus saw men selling
cattle, sheep, and doves. Jesus saw other men sitting at tables. These men were
exchanging and trading people's money. Jesus made a whip with some pieces of rope.
Then Jesus forced all these men and the sheep and cattle to leave the temple area.
Jesus turned over the tables and scattered the money of the men that exchange money.

Then Jesus said to the men that were selling pigeons, "Take these things out of
here! Don't make my Father's house a place for buying and selling!" John 2:11-16
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