Righteous Anger John 2:12-17

Text:  Be ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath; neither give place to the devil.
                                                                                                      Ephesians 4:26.

          Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof; and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.  Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
                                                                                                  Ecclesiastes 7:8-9.

Good morning, quick-tempered Christian!  The description of thee and me as quick-tempered Christians is, of course, almost a complete contradiction in terms - for how can one be 'quick-tempered and, at the same time be described as Christian?  Read on, dear heart, and this paradoxical mystery shall be revealed.

Let me first pose this relevant question:  Who could ever be more Christian than the Christ?  Answer: No one, of course, could ever be as Christian as Christ Himself.  Yea, He is altogether lovely…’!  Hallelujah!  (Song of Solomon 5:16)

Therefore, we Christians are called to be extremely quick-tempered when it comes to the concept of sin: falling short of the glorious Holiness of God, in word, in thought, and in deed. 

Now sin - general sin and personal sin - is something we Christians should be getting immediately angry about in this dispensation of increased apostasy and carnality.  Beware!  Our sins will find us out!

“…For there is no difference; for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…"  (Romans 3:22-23) 

The ‘…glory of God…’ referred to here by the apostle Paul is, of course, the perfect standard of true Holiness manifested by Christ alone.  Every other human being that has walked, walks, or shall ever walk this earth, falls far short of this perfect standard of absolute Holiness.  Sin has tainted everything we are and do since the Fall from grace of Adam/Eve in the Garden.   Mankind is totally depraved!

Sin brought weeds and thorns and chaos into the Lord Gods Created world. Sin caused the Lord God to wipe out the world by a flood.  Sin brought Christ Jesus down from the spotless portals of Heaven to suffer and die on a cruel Cross that we sinners might find Redemption from sin and receive life Eternal through trusting in Him. Sin is a serious subject indeed.  Sin is something Christians should get very angry about!

Read again our selected Bible passage for today, and see more clearly perhaps the depths of what is being portrayed by the apostle John.

The Lord Jesus had just come from Cana of Galilee where He had performed His first recorded public miracle - something only the sinless Lord God could do.  He journeyed on to Capernaum, where He spent some time with His human mother, Mary, His half-brothers and sisters, and His disciples - before travelling on to the city of Jerusalem.

Upon entering the Temple in Jerusalem, the sinless, spotless, Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus became very very angry at what He saw taking place there.  He became righteously angry when He found many making merchandise within the House of God.  Some things never change, do they?  Take note, Mr TV Evangelists!

Definition of Merchandise:  Goods bought and sold for gain; trade for gain; profiteering by trade; dealing in merchandise as a business for personal profit.

Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, found a packed Temple.  However, it was packed full of greedy merchants who were obviously present in the place of worship for all the wrong motives.  They were buying and selling products for religious purpose, and operating a money-exchange as a profit-making business.  They were more interested in mammon, than in the things of God.

No man/woman can serve two masters; for either he/she will hate the one, and love the other; or else he/she will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon - def. riches regarded as the root of all evil, (cap) the god of riches; devotion to financial/material gain. (Chambers Dictionary page 974)

In calm righteous anger against this gross sin being committed within the Jewish Temple, the sinless Son of God ‘…made a scourge of small cords…‘ and ‘…drove them all out of the Templepoured out the changers money and overthrew the tables; and said unto themTake these things hence; make not My Fathers House an house of merchandise. (Vs. 15-16)

If you and I as Christians can get as righteously angry over the sins we perosonally commit, willfully, day by day; purge them out of our Christian lives; and sanctify the ‘…temple of the Holy Spirit…’ that we are today - the Body of Christ, international and universal,will be much more fit for the Masters use.

Thought:  If we Christians must get angry - lets get zealously angry about our own personal sins and seek to put them out continually!

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