The Bible's images for God must be taken in an analogical sense. Yet the Bible exhibits no anxiety about using them.
Lent | Third Sunday in Lent (Year B)
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
It’s hard to deny these little echoes of the synoptics which John reshapes for his own dramatic purposes. It seems narratively wrong for Jesus to cleanse the temple at the beginning of his ministry rather than at the climactic end. It makes more sense if one hears Luke in the background ever so slightly—Jesus’ claiming of the temple as his father’s house and his identity as the Son. Here in John, he has just performed a miracle at his mother’s behest, bringing spirit into the most fleshly event of human life. Now he goes to what is supposedly a spiritual place and finds only flesh. No wonder he is annoyed.
Christian interest in the sabbath has focused on the family, the home, and the church. Our culture’s assault on leisure, however, extends beyond Sunday.