Friday, March 5, 2021

Queerying Lent 3B

Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
ID: a meme with white text on a black background shows a stylized european scene of Jesus flipping tables in the temple with the words: If anyone ever asks you "what would Jesus do"? Remind them that flipping over tables & chasing people with a whip is within the realm of possibilities

Gospel: John 2:13-22
13The Passover of the Jewish people was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. Jesus also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 
17Jesus' disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 
18The Judeans then said to Jesus, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 
19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 
20The Jude then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 
21But Jesus was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After Jesus was raised from the dead, the disciples remembered that Jesus had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Queeries for the text:
Why is this so early in John's gospel?
How long does it take to make a whip of cords?
When is a sanctuary a marketplace?
Where is it written?
Which temple is Jesus talking about?
When was the Temple constructed?
How does memory spark belief?
What are your queeries?

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