1/21/16 Righteous Anger Turns To Mercy

Jesus dismounts and enters the Temple, followed by His apostles.  He sees the people buying and selling, using this Holy place for profit, and He is angered by it.  He runs to the tables of the money changers and overturns them, shouting, “The Holy Scriptures declare, ‘My House is to be a house of prayer for all nations!  But you have turned it into a den of thieves!’  Everyone, get out!”  The people are afraid, both of Jesus’ outburst, and of what the Romans might do if they catch wind of this.  They flee the scene before any repercussions can come their way.  But others are emboldened by this and dare to enter the Temple for healing.  Jesus has pity on them and heals them all.  The common people of Israel flock to Him, still singing praises.  Even the children sing, “Praise God for the Son of David!”  The Pharisees can’t stand it.  “Do You hear what they are saying?” they ask Jesus angrily.  Jesus replies, “Yes, haven’t you ever ready the Holy Scriptures?  David wrote in the Psalms, ‘Out of the mouths of babies you have received praise.”  After rebuking the Pharisees, and because it is already late afternoon, He looks all around Him and then leaves the Temple.  He takes the colt’s lead rope and beckons to His apostles to follow.  They walk back up the mountain and return the animals to their tether at the door of the first house in the village of Bethphage.  Then they walk back to Bethany to spend the night at the home of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha.


Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-17, 19; Luke 19:45-46; Isaiah 56:7; Jeremiah 7:11; Psalm 8:2


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