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John 2

April 26, 2008

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

24 thoughts on “John 2”

  1. I was particularly struck by the Savior’s desire that the temple not be defiled. He cast out those that were using the temple as a place of commerce. He knew the sacredness of the temple. In our religion, we also have temples, and feel they are very sacred places.

  2. I was particularly struck by the Savior’s desire that the temple not be defiled. He cast out those that were using the temple as a place of commerce. He knew the sacredness of the temple. In our religion, we also have temples, and feel they are very sacred places.

  3. Alison C

    v 3-4 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
    “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
    Although Jesus says his time has not yet come; I feel the love for his mother prompted him to preform his first miracle in Galilee!
    Although Jesus said ‘Dear woman’and not ‘Dear mother’….I feel there would still have been a special bond between them.
    Each time when I think of the Cross, I am brought to tears thinking of the anguish in Mary’s heart as she watched the suffering of her sinless son.
    Being a mother of a son, I cannot even imagine watching my son suffer even a tiny bit for someone else’s sin!
    Mary is one of very favourite people in the bible.
    v11
    …..He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their trust in him.
    Praise God.

  4. Alison C

    v 3-4 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
    “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
    Although Jesus says his time has not yet come; I feel the love for his mother prompted him to preform his first miracle in Galilee!
    Although Jesus said ‘Dear woman’and not ‘Dear mother’….I feel there would still have been a special bond between them.
    Each time when I think of the Cross, I am brought to tears thinking of the anguish in Mary’s heart as she watched the suffering of her sinless son.
    Being a mother of a son, I cannot even imagine watching my son suffer even a tiny bit for someone else’s sin!
    Mary is one of very favourite people in the bible.
    v11
    …..He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their trust in him.
    Praise God.

  5. I find the water into wine miracle quite amazing, especially the quanity and quality of the wine Jesus made. It speaks to me of God’s abundant provision.

    I also find the interaction between Jesus and his mother interesting. It seems it was her expression of faith “Do whatever he tells you” that prompted Jesus to act.

    The Pharisees should have known better than to use the temple as a market, especially when they were so picky about other things.

  6. I find the water into wine miracle quite amazing, especially the quanity and quality of the wine Jesus made. It speaks to me of God’s abundant provision.

    I also find the interaction between Jesus and his mother interesting. It seems it was her expression of faith “Do whatever he tells you” that prompted Jesus to act.

    The Pharisees should have known better than to use the temple as a market, especially when they were so picky about other things.

  7. v. 24-25 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.

    I assume this refers to those who came to believe in His name following the miraculous signs Jesus performed (v.23). People who come to faith after seeing miracles don’t always stick around (see also John 6:66). Faith produces miracles but miracles don’t always produce faith.

  8. v. 24-25 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.

    I assume this refers to those who came to believe in His name following the miraculous signs Jesus performed (v.23). People who come to faith after seeing miracles don’t always stick around (see also John 6:66). Faith produces miracles but miracles don’t always produce faith.

  9. Alison C

    V 21
    But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
    We are also told in
    1 Corinthians 6:19-20
    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

    I stand in awe of the price God paid for me!

    Praise Him.

  10. Alison C

    V 21
    But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
    We are also told in
    1 Corinthians 6:19-20
    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

    I stand in awe of the price God paid for me!

    Praise Him.

  11. jON

    i love that jesus’ first miracle was “to keep the party going.” it reinforces in my mind that the kingdom of god is a party. i also love the transparancy of the mother/son dynamic as mary completely ignores his desire to not get involved.

    i was also impressed when the jews mentioned that it took 46 years to build the temple. 46 years. that is a long time. in our fast-paced world it is hard to imagine anyone planning, working, and waiting on something that long.

  12. jON

    i love that jesus’ first miracle was “to keep the party going.” it reinforces in my mind that the kingdom of god is a party. i also love the transparancy of the mother/son dynamic as mary completely ignores his desire to not get involved.

    i was also impressed when the jews mentioned that it took 46 years to build the temple. 46 years. that is a long time. in our fast-paced world it is hard to imagine anyone planning, working, and waiting on something that long.

  13. Alison C

    Yes, Jon, I agree that we could ‘wonder’ if we were on the right track after 46 years?
    I have been ‘waiting’ for 46 years for a dear mate to come to know the Lord….. I know God’s timing is not my timing……….so I continue to TRUST AND OBEY…..God is ALWAYS faithful….Praise God.

  14. Alison C

    Yes, Jon, I agree that we could ‘wonder’ if we were on the right track after 46 years?
    I have been ‘waiting’ for 46 years for a dear mate to come to know the Lord….. I know God’s timing is not my timing……….so I continue to TRUST AND OBEY…..God is ALWAYS faithful….Praise God.

  15. 46 years is a long time yet when they built the cathedrals in Europe some men spent all their working lives building the cathedral yet never saw it completed! However they were driven by the urge to glorify God and that it seems was enough.

  16. 46 years is a long time yet when they built the cathedrals in Europe some men spent all their working lives building the cathedral yet never saw it completed! However they were driven by the urge to glorify God and that it seems was enough.

  17. 24But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.

    🙂 yep.

    They would have had Him marketed in no time. I’m sure there were many who wanted to be His agent. LOL

  18. 24But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.

    🙂 yep.

    They would have had Him marketed in no time. I’m sure there were many who wanted to be His agent. LOL

  19. v.5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

    Mary had never seen Jesus perform a miracle at this point so it seems unlikely she expected him to do what he did. Nevertheless she knew Jesus to be kind and compassionate so I guess she thought if there was something he could do he would do it.

    Jesus did something instantly that normally takes time – wine fermenting. Therefore it is possible that God created the world instantly (7 days) and made it appear old.

  20. v.5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

    Mary had never seen Jesus perform a miracle at this point so it seems unlikely she expected him to do what he did. Nevertheless she knew Jesus to be kind and compassionate so I guess she thought if there was something he could do he would do it.

    Jesus did something instantly that normally takes time – wine fermenting. Therefore it is possible that God created the world instantly (7 days) and made it appear old.

  21. v.16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” …v.18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

    Jesus was upset about the misuse of the temple not about the corruption that history tells us was going on.

    Interesting that the Jews questioned Jesus’ authority, not whether what he did was right or wrong.

  22. v.16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” …v.18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

    Jesus was upset about the misuse of the temple not about the corruption that history tells us was going on.

    Interesting that the Jews questioned Jesus’ authority, not whether what he did was right or wrong.

  23. v. 24-25 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

    Jesus did not need man’s approval nor did he need others to tell him what people were like. He knows us better than we know ourselves.

  24. v. 24-25 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

    Jesus did not need man’s approval nor did he need others to tell him what people were like. He knows us better than we know ourselves.

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