Matthew 21: 12-17
Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.” The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became angry and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself’?” He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.
Food For Thought:
This is a very familiar passage of Scripture in the church because it is the only time we see Jesus angry. I have always like this passage of Scripture because it shows Jesus’ human side. He’s upset that the money changers are doing business in the temple (God’s house). Not only are they doing business, but they are also taking advantage of people ─ in God’s house of all places! This is what we would call “righteous anger”. Jesus is angry because he feels that something wrong is happening, and he wants it to stop. When have you felt righteous anger about a situation? How did you deal with that situation? When have you seen an injustice happening and stood up to that injustice?
God of our salvation, we falter before the demands of your word and turn away from your call to life. Pour out your mercy on us as you showed mercy to your people of old, that we may turn from our sinfulness and walk the path of self-emptying love make known in Jesus Christ. In your precious name we pray, Amen.