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5 A Ye must be born again @ The following includes Bruce R. McConkie = s commentary as it relates to this chapter of the student handbook . Jesus Cleanseth His Father's House Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.137 - p.138 See Mark 11:15-19. As Jesus entered the outer courts of the temple, during the first Passover of his ministry, he beheld what he was to call three years later on a similar occasion, "a den of thieves." (Matt. 21:13.) Before him were stalls of oxen, pens of sheep, cages of doves and pigeons, with greedy hucksters offering them at exorbitant prices for sacrificial purposes. Crowded on every hand were the tables of the money-changers who, for a profit, changed the Roman and other coins into temple coins so that sacrificial animals could be purchased and the half shekel poll tax required at this season of the year might be paid. In righteous anger and with physical force he drove the apostate priesthood from their unhallowed merchandising enterprises. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.138 This dramatic episode in the life of our Lord has been preserved to bear record: Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.138 (1) That the meek and lowly Nazarene was a man of action; a dynamic forceful character; a man of courage and physical strength; one whose soul filled with righteous indignation upon seeing the desecration of sacred things; one who responded zealously and vigorously in the cause of righteousness, though all men opposed him; Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.138 (2) That God was his Father; and Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.138 (3) That the temple was still his Father's house, though virtually all who worshiped there were walking in dark and direful apostasy. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.138 13. The Jews' passover] See Matt. 26:17-20. Jesus Teaches His Own Resurrection Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.139 John 2:19. On this and other occasions Jesus taught his own death and resurrection, and though disbelieving, the Jews knew what he was teaching and understood the meaning of the figurative expressions he used. Later, after his crucifixion, these same Jews, hearking back to Jesus' teaching that he would be resurrected, told Pilate: "Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again." (Matt. 27:63.) Their testimony to the contrary at his trial was part of the conspiracy of perjury which led to his death. (Mark 14:58.) Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.139 I. V. John 2:22. They remembered the scriptures] Only after the resurrection did the full and complete meaning of Jesus' announcement of his coming resurrection dawn upon his disciples. Then they remembered that the Lord Jehovah, the God of Israel himself, after his birth into mortality, was to die and be resurrected. They remembered that Isaiah had said of him: "He
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