Provoking God’s Anger

When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

(John 2:13-15 NIV)

All four Gospels record a cleansing of the temple, yet only John tells us that Jesus “made a whip out of cords and drove all from the temple area.” This detail might give us a harsh portrayal of Jesus, but we have to remember what stimulated this reaction. Entering the temple, Jesus found men treating His Father’s house as if it were a marketplace rather than a place for prayer (John 2:16-17). Of course, He would be outraged. We can expect a similar reaction from Jesus if we continue to show no regard for the things of God.

We can expect God’s wrath if we continue to disobey Him.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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