His Followers were reminded of the passage from Psalms: Passion for your house burns like fire within me because those who offend you offended me (Eyewitness Psalm 69:9).
Eyewitness: p. 39
In Your Bible: Psalm 69:9; Mark 11:15-18
Most of us have read the account of Jesus turning over the merchants tables in the outer court of the Temple. This shocking event reveals both his humanity and divinity. But there’s more! What may be missed in the action of overturned tables, animals being displaced and money flying everywhere – Jesus was angry because God’s Temple was desecrated.
Jesus Anger in the Temple
Jesus gave good reason for his violent action when he said, “The Scriptures say the Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have turned it into a hangout for robbers” (Eyewitness Mark 11:17).
As we look at this more closely, we see Jesus’ comments and actions are based upon his closeness to the Father. Passion burns like fire within me because those who offended you have offended me (Eyewitness Psalm 69:9).
When the Temple, His Father’s house of prayer, was insulted, it broke Jesus’ heart……..and made him mad as well.
Do We Get Angry?
Here we understand the pain Jesus felt at the desecration of His Father’s house. We see his reaction. He shows us how we should feel today when we see his Laws and His house (different in many ways, yet still his house) is desecrated.
Jesus’ message was simple and profound. He asked the Father to come to believers so they will be reminded of everything he said and did. This includes shocking actions and anger he demonstrated in the Temple in Jerusalem. With Jesus in us, we should know his voice, feel his anger and his passion.
Application: When our thoughts, thinking, actions are aligned with those from the Lord God, we will be offended by what we may see around us – actions contrary to God’s thinking. Then how should we act?
Prayer: Father, guide me minute by minute in my daily walk with you. Thank you for promising to guide the thoughts and intentions of my heart with each step.
Question: How does this view of Jesus’ actions at the Temple affect your thinking? Why are we not more offended at ungodly things we see around us? Jesus was always in communication with the Father – are we trying to do that?