Jesus’ Anger

When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. John 2:15

Ask someone to give an example of Jesus becoming angry and they’ll most likely point to when He cleansed the Temple.
But the Bible never says He was angry.
I don’t think He hit anyone with the whip of cords either.
I believe He used the whip to drive out the animals. Those that sold the animals ran after them, seeing their profit go out the door.

He overturned the tables, which looks like an angry act too.
Don’t confuse anger for zeal, which is mentioned in this incident – Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” John 2:17
There are times I’ve gone into a closet, a room, or out to the barn and tossed things out but I wasn’t angry.
If you overturn something, then someone must clean it up, hence, the cleansing of the Temple.

The only place the Bible reports Jesus becoming angry is found in Mark.
Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath. The Pharisee’s and scribes thought it was a sin to do such things.
Mark 3:5 says, “And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts…”
His anger is directed at their attitudes (hardened hearts) and unwillingness to open their minds and hearts for the grace and mercy of God.

For you and I, anger is not as easily controlled. Paul tells us in Eph 4:26-27 – “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

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One thought on “Jesus’ Anger

  1. My favorite about anger is God saying, “Vengeance is mine, and I will repay.” I get a lot of that emotion reading the book of Hosea, as it referenced to Israel. Another good anger section is Isaiah 63:1-6. Great verses!

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