Was Jesus “moody”?
John 2:13 “The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 And He (Jesus) 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; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.”
Jesus’ mood?: _____________________
Jesus’ reason?: ____________________
First, let’s recognize that “Passover” Jewish holiday which commemorates the liberation of the Israelite (The Jews) by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.
It commemorates the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.
The New Testament states that the resurrection of Jesus, established Jesus as the powerful Son of God and is cited as proof that God will righteously judge the world. For those who trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection, “death is swallowed up in victory.” Any person who chooses to follow Jesus receives “a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”.
Through faith in the working of God those who follow Jesus are spiritually resurrected with him so that they may walk in a new way of life and receive eternal salvation.
So, Jesus, the Passover Lamb of the New Covenant with God, comes to Jerusalem for the Passover and found those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables, in the Temple.
NOTE: Jesus took the time to stop and braid some cords into a scourge. This shows that Jesus was very deliberate with His intentions.
Was His purpose
just to drive the money changers
and those selling oxen, sheep and doves out of the Temple?
Then we read in scriptures
John 2:18 “The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.”
Jesus’ mood? Serious.
Was Jesus Angry?
NOTE: There is not one word, nor is there one tense of any word, nor is there any root of any word, in all of these New Testament verses that indicates a mood or disposition of human anger.
The Bible shows Jesus is Resolute. Decisive. Aggressive and Zealous.
And, therein lies the clue: “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.” Zeal in the language used in the Bible means “excitement of mind, ardor, fervor of spirit” and comes from a root word, “zeo” which means “to boil with heat, be hot”. It can be used as a metaphor for “boiling agner for what is good”.
What we are witnessing is also called “Righteous Indignation”.
Read 2 Corinthians 7:11 “For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter.”
An “indignation” that produces “zeal” and avenging of wrong, yet found to be innocent in the matter. Righteous Indignation.
Jesus expressed righteous anger over the sins of the people (Mark 3:1–5; Matthew 21:12–13; Luke 19:41–44). But His anger was directed at sinful behaviors and unmistakable injustice. (this sentence from https://www.gotquestions.org/righteous-indignation-anger.html)
James also gives us good instruction when it comes to righteous indignation: “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19–20).
Jesus reason and purpose is to teach Spiritual Truth about
- The DEMONSTRATION of our FAITH
- The dangers of the ABROGATION of our FAITH (that is, that which negates our faith)
- Impediments of Access to God
- Righteous Indignation / anger.
- Jesus calls every believer to ministry.
- The Holy Spirit equips every believer for ministry.
- Jesus sends every believer to the mission fields
- Jesus calls every believer to serve His Body.
No exceptions. Jesus instructs us to either pick up our cross and follow Him into the mission fields or go back to where you came from.
- Let’s FOLLOW Him.
- Let’s DO as Jesus has done.
- Let’s KNOW these things
- FAITH in God
- The DEMONSTRATION OF our FAITH
- The ABROGATION (Impediments) TO our FAITH
- THE COST OF UNFORGIVENESS
- THE COST OF DISOBEDIENCE
- THE COST OF UNRIGHTEOUS ANGER
Now I ask you, was Jesus being “Kind and Gentle”?
Was He showing love for others?
How about You? Does your life and walk demonstrate these Truths? Do you apply them to your speech, conduct and Kingdom effectiveness?
Let’s all master these things as we follow Jesus.
Let’s all Walk in the Holy Spirit and nothing will be impossible to those of us who believe (Mark 9:23)
Please, pray for me. I know that by writing these things I will be held accountable. Let’s pray for one another as we Follow Jesus.
Your Friend and Brother