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When Is Anger Holy?
The Bible says:  "Be angry and do not sin ..." 
When  the  welfare  of  others  requires  it!


Ephesians 4:26 RSV.
In a
crowded synagogue on the Sabbath – Jesus asked a question of a suspicious congregation concerning the Sabbath.
No one answered. So...
"...He looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart ..."
Angered because they put religious observance above human welfare – Mark 3:5.
 
It was this
same holy anger in Jerusalem's great temple, an anger that all Christ's disciples are called to emulate in following Him, which moved Him to wreck the stalls of bureau de change agents and sacrificial animal suppliers, even though they had legally rented their space in its Court of the Gentiles from Israel's High Priest.* (The racial bias of the Jewish leaders made it acceptable where Gentiles were allowed, which is why Jesus' public rebuke included the phrase 'for all nations').
*Talmudic denial is simply
a denial of responsibility.
This
was no aberration of Christ. He did it twice in His short 3½-year ministry –
at its beginning in Jerusalem, and again in the final week of His public ministry there.
 
At
its beginning, He plaited a whip of cords, making it heavier than the cords themselves so that it would be felt, for He knew that He would not be listened to, as they would regard Him as having no authority to stop them.
"...making a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen.
And He poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables."
John 2:15
At its beginning
Again
He did it. His motivation for the stance He took at this beginning of His ministry is echoed in His repeat conduct at its conclusion.
He said –
"Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of robbers."
Mark 11:17
At the end.
The
solitary widow, weeping in prayer beside those haggling over currency exchange rates, was a situation not to be tolerated in any sense, legal or not. Jesus was not protecting the sanctity of a building. He said it! – A place of prayer "for ALL nations" without racial prejudice.
He knew their stalls would not have been acceptable anywhere deeper into their Jewish temple, for who cared about these unimportant Gentile seekers?
 
Jesus did!
And
He had absolutely no toleration for any compromise concerning the welfare of vulnerable people.
He took action, even if He had no legal right to do so in terms of their law at that time.
Laws may reflect morality, the right and wrong of issues, but they do not create it. Morality is created only by the welfare of people.
Later,
after Christ's first public display of anger in Jerusalem, His disciples had remembered that it was written of the Messiah in David's prophetic psalm –
"Zeal for Your house will consume Me"
John 2:17
(Psalm 69:9)
It
was not to protect the sacredness of majestic stone and polished marble that the Christ of God was so radically moved to the shock of the temple's priesthood. It was for the very purpose of it all in God's intention, in God's heart – people!   But here we need a caution.
 
Our common predisposition toward judging others, and a natural desire to think of ourselves as better than others, made it necessary for us to be warned by God through James –
"Know this, my beloved brothers:
let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God."
And sincerity does not protect us from ourselves in this regard.
James 1:19-20.
No impetuous reaction!
 
But apathy is not the alternative either. Apathy has no moral character!
Love
moves to action. Love for others puts ourselves at risk
until it can be truly said of us all
"By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers."
1 John 3:16, sisters included.
  Jesus Loved..!  

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