Week 3 - Indignation // Day 5
John 2 13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” 17 Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”
Consider Jesus’ wrath at a great public evil, a system of legalized extortion housed in God’s temple. What would be his attitude today towards the corruption in politics and the spoiling of our democracy by extortion? Consider your own life work and see whether the motive of your labor is indignation at the evils that are extorting and oppressing society, and determination to bear a hand in abolishing them. Can’t a person serve this cause in any profession? In business? In the home-life?