This series – A Walk Through Holy Week is not about WWJD? (What would Jesus do?) But about what Jesus DID. The best way for us to know the answer to WWJD? is to learn and be familiar with what Jesus did and how He reacted to the most challenging week of His life.
When we think of Jesus we think of the mild-mannered teacher who healed people, calmed a storm, told stories, prophesied and later was executed for committing no crime. But there was one incident when Jesus got angry.
In Jerusalem, the Jewish temple was an important place. Pilgrims from all over the area would make there way there for the Passover festival (and others). There were required to sacrifice an animal – dove, goat or a lamb.
Since these people came from different areas, they had different forms of currency. Besides the merchants that sold the sacrificial animals, there were money changers. These money changers charged a very large amount to change the currency. The were taking advantage of the people who had to buy animals. It was commercialism to the extreme for that place and time. The system was designed for profit rather than worship.
This story is recounted in all four gospels also – though the Gospel of John is not in chronological order. Where Matthew, Mark and Luke were focused on events, John interprets the meaning of what Jesus said and did.
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” ~Mark 11:15-17
Jesus stayed in the temple area healing the blind and the lame. (Matthew 21:14) That disturbed the leaders of the temple.
The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. ~Mark 11:18
Here’s where it starts.
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