Overturning Evil – Mark 11:15-16

They came to Jerusalem, and He went into the temple complex and began to throw out those buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the money changers’ tables and the chairs of those selling doves, and would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple complex.


In light of this account, isn’t it interesting how often Jesus is portrayed as a milk-toast who only came to console and comfort? It’s almost laughable. Jesus, God incarnate, carried in His heart pure justice. When He saw the abuses of those who were thumbing their nose at God and taking advantage of others in the process He displayed the perfect wrath of God toward rebellious sin. The sin seems especially egregious (conspicuously bad or offensive; flagrant) in light of the fact that these activities are carried out in the place where Father God is intentionally honored and praised – the place of His choosing to ‘reside’.

Jesus was no limp wristed weenie. Fear did not own Him. He showed restraint until the evil was more than He would bear and then He addressed it head on. Obviously He knew the consequences and possibly had delayed His response because of the implications for His ministry. I wonder how many times, if any, He had seen this evil and held back His anger out of respect for the timing of His mission? He was about the work of God whatever form it took. Am I?

God grant us the courage and strength of Lord Jesus to overturn the tables of the egregious (conspicuously bad or offensive; flagrant) evil we face.

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