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    JESUS AND ANGER
    By: Christine Wyrtzen

    And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers seated. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple. John 2:14,15a

    Jesus is God. Because of that, He knew the great significance of the Passover, the holiness of the temple, and the sacrificial system of offering the blood of animals for the forgiveness of sins. He didn't view any of this as man would, but as God would. Consequently, I can only begin to imagine His reaction when He made his way to Jerusalem, entered the temple court and saw the commerce being carried out there by greedy men. Outrage must have been instantaneous. Two sins were being committed. 1.) To pay the temple tax, one had to have temple currency. Jews who had come from long distances only possessed Roman currency. Money changers were needed to convert one kind of currency into another, much like what we see in airports when we travel abroad. The problem was, the moneychangers had inflated the rate of conversion, perhaps giving priests a cut of the profit. 2.) If an animal, brought to be sacrificed, had a blemish and was considered unsuitable, temple businessmen would sell a Jewish man a replacement at ten times the cost. In response to all of this, Jesus turned over the tables and sent coins flying.

     
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