|Hosea 4:1 & 6 says: "Listen to the word of the LORD. |
... My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
Jesus said: "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matthew 10:16 NASB).
|THE ACTION OF ANGER|
Our subject is The Action of Anger. And, as we have said before: "Satan is the oldest liar in the records of eternity." 1 His influence is seen everywhere this subject is written about, discussed or treated. Many are under the influence of his erroneous views and principles regarding anger and being angry without ever perceiving, designing or intending it. The Bible is right: The devil dwells in anger.
Back of the first ever murder in the records of eternity, was the anger of Cain. In Matthew 5:21-22 (NIV), Jesus said: "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgement.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to Judgemnt." 2 How can it be any plainer than that: Jesus forbids being angry.
said in John 8:31-32 (NASB): "If you abide in my word, then you are truly disciples of mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." And, in John 12:48-49 (NASB), Jesus said: "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. For I did not speak on my own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak." And, in John 14:21 (NASB), Jesus said: "He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me."
Colossians 3:8, and in Ephesians 4:31, the Apostle Paul commanded the followers of Jesus to get rid of all anger. Galatians 5:19-21 (NASB) says: "Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envyings, drunkenness, carousings, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
The Standard Bible Commentary On Thessalonians, Corinthians, Galatians and Romans by J. W. McGarvey, LL.D., and Philip Y. Pendleton, A. M., page 283, says: "Verily all professing Christians would do well to take heed to what the Bible designates as sins, and not trust too much to their own fallible sentiment and judgment in such matters." 3
Ephesians 4:27 (NIV), says: "Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold" 4 [literally: any portion of space, place or dwelling]. The devil dwells in anger.
this chapter we will answer the question: "What does the Bible really say concerning the reaction of Jesus when He entered the outer court of the Temple and found the Moneychangers, seated, and those who were buying and selling and making the Temple a Market-place and a house of Merchandise?"
Satan is a liar, and for many years, the devil's lie has been circulated that the Bible says: "When Jesus went up to Jerusalem and entered the outer court of the Temple that He became angry with those who were buying and selling and the Moneychangers because they were making the Temple a Market-place and a house of Merchandise." However, as we shall see, a careful examination of the record of the event in the beginning of His ministry, as described by John, does not confirm that devil's lie. Also, a careful examination of the records of the event in the final week of His ministry, as described by Matthew, Mark, and Luke does not confirm that devil's lie. Neither John, nor Matthew, nor Mark, nor Luke say that Jesus was ever angry or furious (outbursts of anger) at any time. Don't you believe that lie.
29:8 (NASB) says: "Scorners set a city aflame, but wise men turn away anger."
Jesus, was the wisest of all the wise men who have ever lived, and He was always motivated by wise discernment. He would have known the effect that the sinful action of being angry, and its provocations, would have had on Him and on His relations with others; and He would not have been angry at any time. Jesus would not have allowed human anger, expressed or suppressed, to short-circuit His human brain and impair His mental and physical ability to choose, in the gentleness of wisdom, an appropriate well thought-out approach for correcting the problems that He found when He entered the outer temple court.
Hosea 4:1,6 (NASB): "Hear the word of the Lord" . . ."My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
The Passover is at hand. All the nation throngs [swarms] the capital city [Jerusalem]. At the age of twelve, Jesus had startled the great scholars of the nation in His discussion with them in the temple. But now He comes in the fullness of divine authority. The outer court of the temple is filled with a motley [diverse; mixed] crowd. All is hubbub [pandemonium] and confusion. Merchants and worshipers in holiday attire present a riot of [clashing, lavish] color. The lowing [loud deep sounds] and bleating of the animals [crying of the sheep] mingle with the raucous [harsh, hoarse] cries of the drivers. The holy temple of God has been changed into a Market-place!" 5 It was into this scene that Jesus entered into the temple with a little group of His disciples, at the very opening of His ministry.
John 2:13-17 (NIV) says: "Whem it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts He found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So He made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle [For the Greek text see the footnote. 6 And, "The rest of the verse shows that "all" does not refer to men, but to sheep and oxen. The scourge was used in driving them out" 7]; He scattered the coins of money changers, and overturned [Note: The Greek word is: anetreyen step by step, He changed. See the footnote 8] their tables. To those who sold doves He said, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn My Father's house into a market."
His disciples remembered that it is written: "ZEAL for your house will consume me. [Note: The Fourfold Gospel points out that "the doves were in cages of wicker-work, they could not be driven out; hence Jesus called upon their owners to remove them." 9 ]
"The reformation in the practices of the temple was not permanent. They drifted back into the old ways. But their greed and lack of reverence had been publicly denounced and the mind of the common people must have been deeply impressed. A new ideal for God's house had been set up in the mind of the nation. . . . The Sadducees were in charge of the temple, but the Pharisees must have been in sympathy with their policy as to the market, for they raised no objection." 10
we come to the final week of His ministry. Following "The Triumphal Entry" into Jerusalem; Matthew, Mark and Luke record, that Jesus again entered with His disciples into a similar scene in the temple as that recorded in John 2:13-18. The holy temple of God had been changed into a marketplace! The outer court of the temple was filled with a mixed holiday crowd of merchants and worshippers.
Matthew 21:10-16 (NASB) says: "And when He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, 'Who is this?' And the multitudes were saying, 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.' And Jesus entered the temple and cast out [sent out, sent away without force. See footnote.] 11 all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned (in succession, in course; turned back, changed) 12 the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, 'It is written, MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER; but you are making it a robbers den.' And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were crying out in the temple and saying, 'Hosanna to the Son of David,' they became indignant, and said to Him, 'Do you hear what these are saying?' And Jesus said to them, 'Yes; have you never read, OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABES THOU HAST PREPARED PRAISE FOR THYSELF?"
11:11-17 (NASB) says: "And He entered Jerusalem and came into the temple; and after looking all around, He departed for Bethany with the twelve [disciples], since it was already late. And on the next day, when they had departed from Bethany, He became hungry. And seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And He answered and said to it, 'May no one ever eat fruit from you again!' And His disciples were listening. And they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to cast out [send out, send away without force] those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned (in succession, in course; turned back, changed) the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling doves; and He would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple, and He began to teach and say to them, 'Is it not written, MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS? But you have made it a robbers den."
19:41-48 (NASB) says: "And when He approached, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, 'If you had known in this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. 'For the days shall come upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank before you, and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.' And He entered the temple and began to cast out [send out, send away without force] those who were selling, saying to them, 'It is written, AND MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER, but you have made it a robbers den.' And He was teaching daily in the temple; but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him, and they could not find anything that they might do, for all the people were hanging upon His words."
you have it; Matthew, Mark and Luke's accounts. Matthew said: "And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were crying out in the temple and saying, 'Hosanna to the Son of David,' they became indignant." Luke said: "He was teaching daily in the temple." And, Mark said: "He began to teach and say to them, 'Is it not written, MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS?'"
In the opening of His ministry, as recorded by John, Jesus said to those who were selling the doves in the temple, 'Take these things away; stop making My Father's house a house of merchandise." In the final week of His ministry, Matthew records that He said to all those who were buying and selling in the temple: "It is written, MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER; but you are making it a robbers den." Mark and Luke record that Jesus said: "But you have made it a robbers den." "Our English word 'temple' includes two Greek words: namely, 1. naos, or sanctuary--the small structure which contained the holy and most holy places and which answered to the tabernacle used in the wilderness. 2. hieron, or entire court spaces which surrounded the naos, and which included some nineteen acres. The hieron was divided into four courts, and as one entered toward the naos from the east, he passed successively through them as follows: 1, Court of the Gentiles; 2, of the women; 3, of Israel; 4, of the priests. It was in this outer or Gentiles' court that the markets, described in these accounts, were held. 13
His final week in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple and discovered that there were those buying and selling; making His Father's house "a robbers den." Mark tells us that Jesus, previously had entered the temple on the day before; and "after looking all around, He departed for Bethany with the twelve [disciples], since it was already late." As a result of seeing with His own eyes, the greed and lack of reverence for God's house; Jesus was well aware that they had drifted back into the old ways. But, Jesus didn't back away. In John 9:4 (NASB) Jesus said: "We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day, night is coming, when no man can work." Luke said: "He was teaching daily in the temple;" and Mark said: "He said to them, 'It is written, MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER; but you are making it a robbers den.'"
was teaching the truth. Jesus understood well the complexities of the situation; and He had a well thought-out plan to correct the problems that He encountered. Jesus would have known that in order to achieve their goals, good teachers and leaders carefully plan their strategy and determine the measures and the steps that they need to take in order to be successful regarding that which they undertake to do.
was the greatest teacher and leader of all times. In John 8:39 (NASB), Jesus said: "And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him."
Jesus was motivated by love not anger. And, we remember that in Matthew 11:29 (NASB) He had said: "I am gentle and humble in heart." Even His enemies maintained a wholesome respect for Him. And we are told that the blind and the lame came to Jesus in the temple, and He healed them. The chief priests and the scribes, when they saw the wonderful things that Jesus did, and the children's reaction, crying out "HOSANNA to the Son of David," they became Indignant. 14 And Luke records that "the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him, and they could not find anything that they might do, for all the people were hanging upon 15 His words."
There is absolutely nothing in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John's accounts to indicate that Jesus acted out of character as an angry man, or as a hot-tempered man, in a fit of anger. Anger places every cell in your body on red alert. Your stomach churns out acid. Your skin hairs stand upright. Your adrenal glands pour out adrenaline and steroids. Your pupils dilate. Your blood pressure shoots up. Your pulse races. You are ready to run or gun." 16
careful examination of these records simply does not support the conclusion that Jesus' example, allows or encourages His followers to react to certain events in a so-called righteous action of anger. There is absolutely no truth, none, to that teaching. It's a lie! It 's a "fallible philosophical supposition" for which there is no credible evidence.
is absolutely no reference in the Greek texts of the subject verses, to orgizw, transliterated orgizo (the active voice) --translated anger; or to orgizomai, transliterated orgizomai (middle or passive voice) --the verb for "the action of anger," righteous or otherwise.
was teaching daily in the temple. He was not a wild-eyed angry person reacting out of a short-circuited brain. He was not an angry whip-cracker, and He did not suffer from subconscious delusions. His perceptions and judgments were guided by wise discernment, not by deluded passions. He was courageous, focused, clear--headed and certainly not reckless. And, He demonstrated the highest perfection of character in a resolute, clear, sound-minded, cool-headed and determined effort. The temple had become a marketplace! They were buying and selling, not outside the temple courts, but in the outer temple court and they were making the temple a house of merchandise and a robber's den.
a doubt, Jesus would have known that "the anger of man doeth not that which is right in the sight of God" (James 1:20).
, in love, not anger, Jesus was teaching daily the truth of God's message regarding that which is proper to do in the temple courts; and "all the people were hanging upon His words," which means that they were all being earnestly attentive to His words. Jesus persuaded all of the buyers and sellers to move outside of the temple courts, and, step by step, He made the appropriate changes regarding the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And order was restored to the temple area.
2:18 (NASB): "His disciples remembered that it was written, 'ZEAL FOR THY HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME." Jesus didn't just talk the good talk--He lived it. He was doing the things that were pleasing to God. God was with Him. And, Jesus exhibited His earnest concern for His Father's House. He had a wholehearted devotion to supreme values; and Jesus was zealous for the house of God.
, Jesus was zealous for the house of God; and He was also wise; and peaceable; and gentle; and reasonable; and without hypocrisy; and he was full of mercy.
What is Mercy? Just ask David McAllister, a blind, 77-year-old ex-convict. Twenty-two years ago [in 1975] McAllister kidnapped 10-year-old Chris Carrier, shot him and left him for dead in the Florida Everglades. Although blinded in his left eye by the bullet, the boy survived. David McAllister escaped, and for more than two decades the case went unsolved. That is until last fall  when a distraught McAllister, his frail body bedridden in a Miami nursing home, confessed to the crime. After learning of the confession, Carrier, now 32 [in 1997], visited McAllister at his nursing home. But Chris did not go in anger or bitterness. Rather, he went to pray with his would-be murderer and share the good news of Jesus that had transformed his own life. You see, Chris Carrier lives on the side of mercy. 17
3:13 & 17 (NASB) says: "Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. . . . The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy."
Hebrews 4:14-15 (NASB) says: "Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin." And, 2 Peter 3:18 (NASB) says: "To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."
The Action of Anger" of man, properly understood, is a response to certain occurrences in daily life as a result of triggers embedded in the mind. "The Anger of Man" may be triggered regarding the actions or words of others, such as road rage or domestic violence, or the trigger may be any event or circumstance for which one mistakenly believes that the action of anger is the proper response.
message of the Bible simply is: "The anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God."
is a matter of fact that human beings can choose to change any thought, any emotion, any behavior, and thus change the way they interact with each other. And, human beings can choose to make the decision that it is simply not worth it to get angry.
In the next chapter (Chapter X), Jesus heals a man's withered hand on the Sabbath (cf. Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:5-11). In the healing of this man's withered hand, Jesus did good on the Sabbath, not evil. He was wise, gentle and reasonable. On the other hand, the scribes and Pharisees, were angry and they sought to destroy Him. Proverbs 29:22 (NASB) says: "An angry man stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression." The reaction of Jesus to the scribes and Pharisees was compassionate, peaceable, and full of mercy. Jesus demonstrated by His good behavior a good deed in the gentleness of wisdom. And, He taught them saying: "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." Jesus was not an angry man.
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Questions for Discussion
1 Millennial Harbinger, 1857 (Joplin, Mo., College Press, reprint), pages 94, 95.
2 The Interlinear NASB-NIV Parallel New Testament in Greek and English by Alfred Marshall (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1993), page 11.
3 Commentary On Thessalonians, Corinthians, Galatians and Romans by J. W. McGarvey, LL.D., and Philip Y. Pendleton, A. M. (Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing Company, Public Domain).
4 The Interlinear NASB-NIV Parallel New Testament in Greek and English by Alfred Marshall (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1993), page 564.
5 Studies in the Life of Christ by R. C. Foster (Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Company, reprint 2000), page 361.
6 The Interlinear NASB-NIV Parallel New Testament in Greek and English by Alfred Marshall (Grand Rapids, MI:
Zondervan Publishing House, 1993), page 265. Greek text says: ta te probata kai touV boaV
And the NASB - NIV Interlinear English translation says: both the sheep and the oxen
7 The Fourfold Gospel by J.W. McGarvey & Philip Y. Pendleton (Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing Foundation) p.122
8 In John 2:15, the English word overturned translates the Greek verb anestreyen, transliterated anestrepsen; 3rd person, singular, aorist 1, indicative of anastrefw, transliterated anastrepho. The Analytical Greek Lexicon (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1975), page 19 says: In composition, ana means: step by step, up, back, again; and on page 378, strepho means: to twist; to turn, Matthew 5:39; to make a change in substance, or to change, Revelation 11:6; absol. to change or turn one's course of dealing, Acts 7:42; middle voice, to turn one's self about, Matthew 18:23; Luke 7:9, et al.; to turn back, Acts 7:39; to change one's direction, to turn elsewhere, Acts 13:46; to change one's course of conduct or principle, to be converted, Matthew 18:3. So, anastrepho, means: step by step, Jesus changed the tables; or He returned the tables; or He turned back the tables.
9 The Fourfold Gospel by J.W. McGarvey & Philip Y. Pendleton (Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing), page 122.
10 Studies in the Life of Christ by R. C. Foster (Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Company, reprint 2000), page 364.
11 The English expression cast out translates the Greek verb exebale, 3rd person, singular, aorist 2, indicative active of ekballw transliterated: ekballo; and, Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1966), page 193, says ekballo means: 2. Without the notion of violence; a. To draw out. b. To bring out of. And, Walter Bauer's A Greek -English Lexicon of the New Testament translated and adapted by William F. Arndt and F. Wilbur Gingrich (Chicago, II: The University of Chicago Press, 1957), page 237, says it means: 2. Without the connotation of force: to send out Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2; send away James 2:25.
12 In Matthew 21:12 and Mark 11:15, the English word overturned translates the Greek verb katestreyen, transliterated katestrepsen; 3rd person, singular, aorist 1, indicative active of katastrefw, transliterated katastrepho> (kata & strepho>). Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1966), page 329, says: In Composition kata denotes, 1. from, down from, from a higher to a lower place. 2. in succession, in course. 3. under, underneath; and, on page 590, strepho means: to turn, turn around. The Analytical Greek Lexicon (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1975), on page 378, says, strepho means: to twist, to turn, Matthew 5:39; to make a change in substance, or to change, Revelation 11:6; absol. to change or turn one's course of dealing, Acts 7:42; middle voice, to turn one's self about, Matthew 18:23; Luke 7:9, et al.; to turn back, Acts 7:39; to change one's direction, to turn elsewhere, Acts
13:46; to change one's course of conduct or principle, to be converted, Matthew 18:3.
13 The Fourfold Gospel by J.W. McGarvey & P.Y. Pendleton (Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing Foundation) pp.121-122.
14 The word indignant translates the Greek word hganakthsan -- transliterated eganaktesan--3rd person, plural, aorist 1 tense, indicative of aganaktew -- aganakteo which means according to Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1966): "to feel pain, grieve; 1. To be indignant, moved with indignation." The indicative mood of the verb shows this to be a statement of fact or an actual occurrence from the writer's perspective, and the aorist tense of the verb shows it to be a simple occurrence or summary occurrence, without regard for the amount of time taken to accomplish the action.
15 The English expression "hanging upon" translates the Greek exekremato, 3rd person, singular, imperfect of ekkremamai. The Analytical Greek Lexicon (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1975), on page 125, says ekkremamai, transliterated, ekkremamai means: "to hang upon a speaker, fondly listen to, be earnestly attentive, Luke 19:48."
16 S. I. McMillen, M.D. and David E. Stern, M.D., NONE OF THESE DISEASES (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Fleming H. Revell Company, February 2000), chapter 22.17 Anger Illustrations from Crosswalk.com. Source: Wellington Boone, quoted in New Man, January/February 1997, p. 90.
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