Jesus Cleanses the Temple
In today’s lesson we are provided a glimpse into the human side of Jesus. We see that He is able to express the emotion of anger, just as we sometimes do. He became so angry with the merchants and money changers in the temple that He made a whip from ropes and chased them all out of the temple, driving out the sheep and cattle, scattering the money changers’ coins on the floor, and turning over their tables. His anger was justified, and is referred to as righteous indignation, in that God’s house, which was to be a place of worship, had been turned into a market place.
As I read this lesson, some instances from the past came to mind where I had been angry about something far less significant than this, and had needed to address that emotion prayerfully. For many years, one of my favorite verses has been James 1:19, which includes: “Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger”. I had this scripture reference printed on golf tees and would leave them on the golf course so other golfers might find them during a fit of anger after hitting a terrible shot. Another favorite verse of mine is Ephesians 4:26: “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.”
Stepping Out in Lent – The encouragement for this Lenten season comes from these two verses from James and Ephesians: be slow to anger, and when you do get angry, don’t let the sun go down on your anger, meaning keep it short lived. A footnote in the New Living Translation says “It is right to be angry about injustice and sin; it is wrong to be angry over trivial personal offenses.”
Author – Sam Bennett makes it a high priority to be a living part of Christ’s family, and demonstrates this through several areas of service to Christ at St. Peter’s, including being a Vestry member, chalice bearer, Visiting Lay Eucharistic Minister, member of Parish Visitors, and member of the Adult Formation Committee.