Out Of The Temple…
Should we, as followers of Jesus Christ, ever get angry, ever speak down to people or, dare it be said, attack people?
Did Jesus Christ ever attack people? You bet He did. Did Jesus Christ ever speak down to people in anger? You bet He did.
Josephus says He (Jesus Christ) tore through the temple courts like a madman. ~ Oswald Charmbers, Daily Thoughts for Disciples, November 30
A great many people are familiar with the story of Jesus Christ running through the market that had been set up inside the Temple for people to purchase a sacrificial animal for the Sabbath. It is reported that Jesus was anything but meek when He witnessed what was happening. It is reported that Jesus tore through the market with a bullwhip – a bullwhip, beating people and overturning tables. If Josephus, one of the greatest historians to ever be, recorded the incidence with Jesus acting like a “madman“, well, that says a lot about what was happening.
Should we, as followers of Jesus Christ, ever act like a madman?
And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume me.” ~ John 2:15-17 NASB95
And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.” ~ Matthew 21:12-13 NASB95
We have three different accounts of one event. All three accounts seem to support one another. All point in the direction of Jesus Christ unleashing fury upon those that were crossing a line that should never, ever be crossed.
Do we see any people in prominent positions crossing lines today that should not be crossed under any circumstance? Do we see people in positions of authority allowing mayhem, destruction and chaos burn down our cities? Do we see people in positions of authority allowing known drug dealers, human traffickers and pedophiles roam the streets of our cities? Do we see these people that have “the very pride of the devil in their hearts” walk among us, sit in position of authority over us and dictate to our schools, our communities and even so far as inside our homes? What would Jesus Christ do? What did David do?
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.
Zeal – according to Merriam-Webster: a strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something