On Monday of Holy Week we remember the day when Jesus went to the temple in
and got angry. Yes even Jesus felt that very human emotion of anger. It was a righteous
indignation that aroused this anger and prompted Jesus to take an unusual
When people came from distant lands to visit the
during Passover they needed two things
in order to worship: an animal to sacrifice and temple money. According to the
laws found in Leviticus the sacrifice had to be perfect with out blemish. Each
animal was inspected by a priest to be sure it was acceptable. If it wasn't perfect
you had to go find one that was and make an exchange. Off duty Levites on the Temple mount itself and even in the temple
had pre-approved exchange animals
that you could have for a price. Perhaps the cost was too much of a price above
the fair market value. Perhaps a disapprove sacrifice one day might be on sale
the next as pre-approved. Temple
Because you could not make an offering with money that had the face of a human on it the Jews minted coins without a human image on them and it was referred to as "
." If you got to the temple with foreign coins you needed to exchange them. At
the money changing tables you could change your foreign coins for Temple Money coins. The exchange rate could
be very high high. Temple
Many worshipers felt that they were being cheated right there in the temple. So when Jesus over turned the tables scatting coins and animals he was most likely cheered by people wishing they could do the same thing. In the Gospel according to Mark Jesus said, "It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations but you have made it a den of robbers."
Righteous indignation became anger and Jesus drove them out of the temple.