Jesus Gets Angry? A Soldiers Perspective

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Army, John

John 2:13-17
The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Heres a scripture you do not see allot of people talking about! Most of the time when people talk about anger it is associated with something negative, and many times I am sure that is true… but there is a such thing as good anger when you are zealous for the right cause. Jesus walked into the temple and saw the money changers (14) and was furious! So furious he made a whip (15) and drove the money changers out of the Holy temple (15) turning over the money tables (15) and rebuking the sales people (16). Then His disciples remembered the scriptures and said, “ah yes!” Jesus has Zeal for His Fathers house!

Zeal in greek is translated ZELOS meaning:
excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit
a) zeal, ardour in embracing, pursuing, defending anything
1) zeal in behalf of, for a person or thing
2) the fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal
b) an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy

Jesus defends the house of God and we should to. So many times we see Christians just sit on their hands when they are asked tough questions…. I know I have done that before, just sat there and said nothing when I knew I should have defended the Gospel. Jesus was not a wimpy man, He was a mans man! He was a man who would stand up for what is right and do what it took to defend the Gospel (He was also fully God, which is awesome to think about!). Jesus had Zeal! We can to.

Another thing we see here is the disciples knew what was going on because they had read the Bible and memorized it! If they had not known the Bible, they would have thought Jesus was just throwing a tantrum, but they said, “AHAh! He has ZEAL for His Fathers house! It fires me up to think of Jesus as a warrior! That is what I wanna be like.

So, whats the point Dan?
We need to:
a. Get some ZEAL for the Father (and Jesus)
b. know the Bible

If we have zeal but don’t know why, were just confused. If we know the Bible but do nothing, were wimps! Jesus was not a wimp at all, He stood firm in the face of the evil that surrounded Him.

Lets be like the master
Matt 10:25a It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master.

How do you let your anger out? Do you get angry for the right reasons? let me know, I have a hard time in this area to.. we can work it out together!

Jesus be glorified,
Dan Fogarty

  1. crystal fogarty says:

    Zealous !!!! I love that word!!!! there so much action, confidence, and faith behind it> it causes us to have to MOVE as Christians.
    i like it!!

  2. Greg Bentley says:

    What you say is very interesting, and true although I have never given this passage much thought other than the obvious, the lesson on revering the house of God. And I also have at times been guilty of not speaking up in defense of the gospel or Jesus. Actually, years ago I was guilty of actually speaking against or watering it down or altering it’s meaning for the sake of fitting in with a group of people that I should have been actively trying to win to Jesus. Now I have begun to have tremendous zeal for the word and Jesus, I just pray that that same zeal for speaking it will be evidenced in my living it.

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