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Anger Triggers Along the Journey

John 2:13-17

Verse 16b "Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”

Once again the time of Passover is drawing near and so Jesus is making His way to Jerusalem. This is the first time He is making this journey with His disciples but it won't be the last. Just as good Jewish men would do, Jesus and His disciples made their way into the Temple.

Remember when we were observing 12 year Jesus that He was sitting in the courts? It appears that there have been some changes going on in the Temple and Jesus is anything but happy about it! In the 18 years since Jesus had sat there speaking with the teachers, the religious leaders had lost their focus. Their focus had changed from the Temple being a place where God was sought for who He was to a place of enterprising. From the house of God to a marketplace. From a focus on God to a focus on money. Jesus couldn't sit by and watch this wrong usage of the Temple and so He set about driving them out.

A lot of people believe that anger is a sin but since we know that Jesus never sinned, we know that not all anger is sin. So what is the difference? The fact is that most anger comes from our feeling like we aren't being treated like we want to be treated. But this is not why Jesus was angry, He was angry because God was being disobeyed and disrespected.

His disciples instantly remembered a Psalm of David that says, "I am a foreigner to my own family, a stranger to my own mother’s children; for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me." (Psalm 69:8-9) They could see that Jesus had David's commitment to God and they knew that wasn't common.

Notice, if you will, just how short the time frame of this decline was. For such drastic change to happen in 18 short years means the moral and spiritual decline had been going on before that time. For the average person to become accepting of these changes means that standards had been lowering in men's hearts prior to those 18 years. The same can be true in our lives.

Making it personal

Do you see things in our world that God is angry about and in turn we should be? What are ways that you can show godly anger about them? Is there anything in your own life that God would be mad about? What are you doing about that? Are there ways you are lowering your standards?

Making it personal kids

What kind of things do you think makes God mad? Why do these things make God mad? Draw a picture of one of the things that make God mad.

Closing prayer

Dear Father, please make us hate what You hate. Teach us Your ways so we know You in a clearer way so we know how to follow You. In Jesus' name, amen.

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