One thing which really bothers me is when “Christians” use the story of the “Cleansing of the Temple,” to justify their cruelty. For some reason, I feel the Lord has placed this on my heart to write about.
In this story, “Jesus made a whip of cords and drove the money changers out.” He also, “Poured out the coins and overturned the tables.”
Many times in my life, (especially with those who think they have it “all” right) when I pointed out, “You are being less than kind here,” I am told, “Was Jesus kind when He whipped those in the temple?” (I have been told this by Catholics and Protestants alike)
The only thing I could really ever reply with was, “We are not Jesus.”
Today, at the Lord’s urging, I decided to go and read the complete story, and actually see what was going on. Again, this is something I have missed all of my life.
After all of this happened, the Jews then said to Jesus, “What sign have you to show us for doing this?”
Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
Jesus was speaking here of course about His Body being destroyed and raised from the dead.
Scripture also says, “His disciples remembered that He had said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.”
Jesus was “mad because of the business dealings in the Temple.”
Something else happened here when He said, “Destroy This Temple,” and in three days I will raise it up.”
Jesus, at that moment challenged the Jews to “destroy Him.” To “kill Him.”
He also said this, so the “disciples could remember it on the Day of the Cross.”
In reading these things, the “whip” is not what we take away from this story??? It is not a “reason” for Christians to say “hurtful/cruel” things to one another???
What I take away from it is, “Jesus, though angry, was offering Himself for the salvation of these Jews, challenging them to “destroy Him.” He was offering “His very life.”
To me, this comes together with, “resisting sin to the point of shedding blood.” How many have done that? Only One, that I know of.
These Scripture’s should never be used to justify saying or doing something cruel and mean to anyone.
I mean, have any of us ever “challenged someone to kill us?” Have any of us, “ever asked someone else to destroy us?” Have any of us, “ever offered to be beaten, tortured, and crucified while, “trying to make our point?” Don’t think so.
I have read of some Saints who have done this. They are very far and few between.
Jesus was angry, but He still even with a “whip,” showed love and compassion. He still offered Himself as a “Human Sacrifice,” for their very soul’s.
That was the “sign” He gave to the Jews, when they asked for one. That was “the sign” they missed, and so do we.
We cannot get out here and use this Scripture to hurt someone. Especially for the point of our “glory” and being “right.” Being a “know it all” to “end it all.”
For those who like to do this, all I have to say to you is, “Keep that whip in your hand./Keep that whip on your tongue./But from now on, when you say this to me, I am going to ask you, “When did you offer to sacrifice your very existence for my salvation and soul?/When did you offer to die for me?/When did you challenge me to destroy you?/Before you continue, would you please give me “this sign” for saying and doing, the things you are saying and doing?/As that is the point you are missing, in trying to justify yourself, in this story.”
God Bless, SR