Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
Why would our Lord conduct himself in such a manner? What was the issue? These folks were just trying to help those who did not have the proper things for worship. As a matter of convenience, some were selling lambs. Some were selling oxen, and some doves. Some were there exchanging money for those needing the local currency. What could be wrong with these things?
Our Lord Christ kicked over the tables, threw the money boxes in the floor and ran out hundreds of people and animals with a whip. Why did they tolerate his 'tyranny?' Not one of them resisted, and not one tried to call the cops.
Don Fortner has pastored and faithfully declared the gospel of God's free grace in Christ at Grace Baptist Church of Danville Kentucky for over thirty years. Only incidentally is he a widely published author, and conference speaker. Books and commentaries he has written include Basic...