John 2:13-17It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”
What Makes You Angry?
I was studying this passage this morning and realized that there is a big difference between what makes me angry and what makes Jesus angry. As I compare and contrast the two there is a huge gap between my character and the character of Jesus Christ. What made Jesus so angry when He went to the temple?
Simple, Jesus was angered because the integrity of the temple was being violated. Jesus was protecting the integrity of the temple – there were faithful people coming to the temple to worship and they were being mislead and taken advantage of. This angered Jesus. He was not angry because the temple coffee was cold, or His seat in the temple was not where He wanted it. It had nothing to do with what Psalm was being sung that morning or if a particular instrument was or wasn’t being used. He wasn’t angry with the fact that there were no pastries for Him between the morning worship and Adult Bible Fellowship hour. He wasn’t angry that the rabbi went long on the teaching. No, none of that made Jesus angry when He entered the temple. Instead, He was angry that innocent people were being cheated in the name of God. He was angry that the integrity of the church was being violated.
What makes you angry?
As I look at this passage and think about what made Jesus angry and what typically makes me angry, I must confess that probably 90% of the things that make me angry in a normal day deal with my personal comfort or benefit. It’s sad, how easily I can become angry over something that is trivial and yet I can ignor injustice or sin around me. I get angry with my children when they don”t get to bed on time – because I want my comfort. I get angry when the DVD has a scratch – because I want my comfort. I get angry when there is a 5 min. wait at the drive thru – because I want my comfort. Yet, most of what I get angry about really doesn’t benefit anyone else but ME. I confess – I am narcissistic.