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“When Jesus Gets Mad”

Updated: Jan 30, 2018

So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. (John 2:15) Bible Reading: John 2:13-22

What gets your goat? What really irks you? I am not talking about having to wait too long in the drive through at your local Macca’s. In matters spiritual as pertaining to your Christian walk, are there things that fill you with righteous indignation – things that break your heart because you know it breaks the Father’s heart? Societal norms have changed. Things that were taboo just a generation ago, are now accommodated and embraced openly. It’s easy for us believers to get caught up in this tide of moral compromise. Bend a little here; twist a little there, and before long we are so far down the slippery slope that we cannot even remember how we got there. The actions recorded in today’s reading, combined with the evident indignant tone of the encounter, seem so misplaced when associated with the Saviour. Was the Master having a bad day? No, he was angry because what was taking place in the temple courts was detracting from the primary purpose, i.e. worship.  This would have bothered the Father, so it bothered the Son.


Father show me those things that touch your heart;

 those things that dishonour your name;

show me those things that you strongly oppose

and by your grace, I will do the same.

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