In these chapters we come across the rather famous passage; Jesus anger and the overturning of the tables. How many times we hear this passage being said to condone anger or wrongful actions. First we must see that Jesus was not simply angry but it was a righteous anger. Like Jesus our hearts should grieve at the things that grieve Jesus and like Jesus we should recognize that there are times to be angry – Kay Arthur well known writer states it this way “it is being angry on the right occasion, with the right people, at the right moment, for the right amount of time.” And I might add in the right way.
It wasn’t that they were selling goods in the market place. It wasn’t even that they were selling them at the temple courts as so many have suggested. It is the money changing that was the problem. The money changing as I understand it was two-fold. First – when you go to a foreign country your currency from your country is exchanged for currency that will be usable in the country you are entering. The exchange is an equitable exchange meaning value for value. Same as was happening here, but with one exception the exchange was not equitable or fair, the money changers were being deceitful in their exchange, they were unfairly exchanging coins making a profit for themselves and taking advantage of the people.
Second and perhaps even more important was they were taking the coins which were free of any idol markings and exchanging them for those tainted with pagan engravings; all of this going on right inside the temple courts. Talk about a slam to God, this was certainly a blatant slap in the face to God and direct disobedience to the Word of God. “Thou shalt have no other God’s before me” Exodus 20:3
We need to be upset about those things that are slap in the face to God. Now I am not suggesting anyone do anything that will get them arrested or that is incorrect actions in any way. But righteous anger is what should spur us on to bring about change. We should be responding to the needs of the homeless, we should be responding to the rate of abortion, we should be responding to the slave trade of young girls happening right under our noses, and we should be responding to ___________ you fill in the blank for each of has something that God has laid on our hearts that we should be responding too. It is time to be angry on the right occasion, with the right people, at the right moment, for the right amount of time, and in the right way. It is time to be angry not by stomping our feet or pointing fingers, but by helping to bring about change with a quiet, gentle, humble spirit, yet with godly confidence as we allow the Holy Spirit to lead.
Until next time,