The Wrath of Jesus

We evangelicals have tended to take a passage like Mark 11:15-19 and teach it as an example of the proper use of anger, while overlooking the whole issue of exploitation that drove Jesus to anger in the first place. Could it be because we continue to be  uncomfortable with what the gospel has to do with social issues? Certainly there were strong prophetic overtones to Jesus’ action (Isa. 56:7; Jer. 7:11; Malachi 3:1, 2) as he headed toward the destiny of the cross. However, we cannot side-step the issue of injustice that Jesus was addressing. Every Jew had to pay a temple tax of one half-shekel every year which was equivalent to a little less than two days wages (lets say about $70). However, the religious leaders who ran the temple mandated that it be paid in Jewish currency; not Roman, Greek, Syrian, and so forth. Thus if you came to Jerusalem for Passover from another country, you had to exchange your currency for the shekel which would cost you another 30% on top of the tax. Continue reading “The Wrath of Jesus”