Monday – After the entry into Jerusalem we have a couple of incidents that are a great contrast between the public and personal nature of Jesus Christ. Firstly Jesus strides into the temple and overturns the tables of the money changers.
When Jesus goes into the temple he is angry at what he is confronted with. This reminds us of the earlier moment at the start of Jesus’ public ministry when he made himself a whip and performed a similar action. Clearly the desire for profit is more important than obeying a prophet!
The temple is a holy place, it is not meant to be defiled with money changing. There were strict rules about what offerings were meant to be given as laid out in the Old Testament. With the rule of Rome and their empire-wide currency there was a need for everyday money to be transferred to the temple “shekels”. I think it is fair to assume that the exchange rate was heavily set in the temples favour. This meant that everyone was hit harder and the poor were excluded from worship.
Jesus doesn’t get angry just for the sake of it, it isn’t empty anger that burns hard and bright and devastates. Instead this is a righteous anger which leads where it should, to social justice. We get angry at all sorts today but how much of this leads to justice?
We live in a world where the poor get stepped on, millions don’t have their basic needs met and are dying because of their poverty.
We still live in a world where people, even children are bought and sold into slavery, particularly into forms of prostitution.
These are just two issues out of hundreds that are evident in our world. When was the last time your sense of injustice was piqued and you got angry, so angry you actually did something?
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6 v 8
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