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The Example of Jesus

Did Jesus get angry?

The man with the withered hand

Jesus looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts. (Mark 3:5)

Jesus looked at them at anger, not because He was indignant or because His "ego" was hurt, but because He was grieved, disappointed and saddened by their unbelief and rebellious attitude. His actions in response to this "anger" was not to lash out, curse them, say hurtful things, like we so often do, but to turn and heal the man with the withered hand. He acted in love and compassion.

How do you respond to your feelings of anger?

Jesus chased people out of the temple twice

At the beginning of His public ministry when Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover, He cleansed the temple (John 2:14-16) and again after His triumhant entry into Jerusalem before His crucifixion (Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45-46)

Was Jesus' first act in Jerusalem motivated by anger?

He made a whip of small ropes or cords and began to drive out all thowe who bought and sold in the temple, because He was angry at what they were doing in God's house.

Jesus quoted Psalm 69:9, saying "Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up" indicating that Jesus would not tolerate irreverence toward God. When David wrote this palm, he was being persecuted because of his zeal toward God's house and his defense of God's honor. This phrase can also be translated, "My devotion to your house burns me."

How do we explain the admonition, "be angry and do not sin" (Ephesians 4:26)?

Jesus's anger was not sinful.

When the holiness of God and His worship was at stake, Jesus took fast and furious action. THe "all indicates that He drove not only men out but also animals. Although His physical action was forceful, it was not cruel. The moderation of His actions is seen int the fact that no riotous uproar ocurred. Because of the Passover crowds, there would have been a specially large contingent of Roman troops in Jerusalem at that time, statiouned in the antonia Fortress overlooking the temple. The troops would have swiftly reacted if a riot occurred in the temple..

Three years later, when He cleansed the temple for the second time, Jesus addressed all present and even made the incident an occasion for public teaching and healing. He said, "My house is a house of prayer, but you've made it a den of thieves" (Luke 19:46). Then the blind and lame came to Him in the temple and He healed them The children were crying out in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David!".

Spanking out of anger, resentment and irritation is wrong, but spanking out of love, is necessary.


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Scripture References


Forbidden Ecclesiastes 7:9  
  Matthew 5:22  
  Romans 12:19  
A work of the flesh Galatians 5:20  
A characteristic of fools Proverbs 12:16  
  Proverbs 14:29  
  Proverbs 27:3  
  Ecclesiastes 7:9  
Connected with:    

* Pride

Proverbs 21:24  
* Cruelty Genesis 49:7
Proverbs 27:3-4
* Clamour and evil-speaking Ephesians 4:31  
* Malice and blasphemy Colossians 3:8  
* Strife and contention

Proverbs 21:19
Proverbs 29:22
Proverbs 3:33

Brings its own punishment Job 5:2  
  Proverbs 19:19  
  Proverbs 25:28  
Grievous words stir up Judges 12:4  

2 Samuel 19:43
Proverbs 15:1

Should not betray us into sin Psalm 37:8  
  Ephesians 4:26  
In prayer be free from 1 Timothy 2:8  
May be averted by wisdom Proverbs 29:8  
Meekness pacifies Proverbs 15:1  
  Ecclesiastes 10:4  
Children should not be provoked to Ephesians 6:4  
  Colossians 3:21  
Be slow to Proverbs 15:18  
  Proverbs 16:32  
  Proverbs 19:11  
  Titus 1:7  
  James 1:19  
Avoid those given to Genesis 49:6  
  Proverbs 22:24  
Justifiable - Exemplified    
* Our Lord Mark 3:5  
* Jacob Genesis 31:36  
* Moses Exodus 11:8  
  Exodus 32:19  
  Leviticus 10:16  
  Numbers 16:15  
* Nehemiah Nehemiah 5:6  
  Nehemiah 13:17, 25  
Sinful - Exemplified    
* Cain Genesis 4:5, 6  
* Esau Genesis 27:45  
* Simeon and Levi Genesis 49:5-7  
* Moses Numbers 20:10-11  
* Balaam Numbers 22:27  
* Saul 1 Samuel 20:30  
* Ahab 1 Kings 21:4  
* Naaman 2 Kings 5:11  
* Asa 2 Chronicles 16:10  
* Uzziah 2 Chronicles 26:19  
* Haman Esther 3:5  
* Nebuchadnezzar Daniel 3:13  
* Jonah Jonah 4:4  
* Herod Matthew 2:16  
* Jews Luke 4:28  
* High Priest Acts 5:17  
  Acts 7:54  
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