Jesus Got Angry

And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. (Mark 11:15-18)

What makes you angry?  Often, we get angry when our plans have been subverted or people do not act like we want.  Anger is a natural result of disappointment in life.  What do we do with our anger is the key. We have been told “in your anger do not sin” (Eph 4:26).  How do we sin in our anger?

What if our anger were devoid of selfishness?  How would that change the way we respond to life and to others?  This passage of Jesus revels what makes him angry.  He had confronted much sin in his ministry.  He had seen people possessed by demons.  But he got angry here.  He got angry because a place meant for prayer was converted to a place of commerce.  The worship of God was monetized.  As a result, the religious leaders wanted to destroy Jesus.

Notice the two responses here.  Jesus was angry and the religious leaders were angry.  Consider why each of them were upset.  And consider the outcome of their anger.  Through the anger of Jesus, he restored the Temple (for a little while) while the anger of the religious leaders resulted in the murder of the Messiah.

What is the outcome of your anger?  Does it bring about godliness or brokenness and destruction?  How are you going to redirect your anger away from selfish motives?  How can your anger bring about holiness?

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Bruce Nolen - February 21st, 2024 at 9:35am

Anger at self can bé good as long as it leads to a positive change in behavior. As scriptures say "be angry but do not sin." Always seek to understand the true underling reason for your anger. What is it that is prompting the emotional response of anger. Jesus was angry because the religious leaders had turned the temple into a place of commerce, rather than keeping it strickly as a place of prayer.

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