All four Gospels describe Jesus clearing the money changers form the temple; none use the term “anger” as part of the description. We infer anger from the facts given and from the passion mentioned in John 2:17.

If it was indeed anger, then Jesus made good use of its strong motivating power. But He did not let anger control Him. Ephesians 4:26-27 insists that anger be short-lived. Jesus’ anger in the temple market was for the honor of God’s name and the sanctity of the worship place.

His confrontation with those who would use such a place for commercial profit was quick, decisive, and dramatic, but nothing suggests that Jesus sustained a campaign of anger even against the persons who felt His whip that day.

JOHN 2:13-17 – 13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

15 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;

16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

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