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.