April 7, 2017: The Angry Christ

Morning: Matt. 21:12-22; Noon: Ruth 1-4; 1 Sam. 1; Evening: Psa. 60

There were times when the Christ was no doubt angry. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record Jesus’ second instance (See John 2 for the first instance) going into the temple and overturning the tables of money changers. What a dynamic shift we witness in Jesus, from His lowly state upon the donkey to His exalted state in cleansing the temple. It is the, “LORD, the LORD God merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,” but, “by no means clearing the guilty,” in the flesh.

As those who are called to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, there will be times when it is not only appropriate, but even necessary to model the Savior and be angry. Even as I pen those last words, it is somewhat astonishing to say. The word of God frequently warns us about anger. “An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression” (Pro. 29:22). But it was also Solomon’s father who said, “Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still” (Psa. 4:4). And again who said, “You who love the LORD, hate evil!” (Psa. 97:10). There is a time, a place, a motive, an object, that not only warrants, but even demands a righteous indignation.

Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools” (Ecc. 7:9). One hardly hopes to encourage anger and frustration knowing what grave danger it may impose. Nine times out of ten I’m personally willing to bet the occasions which we find to be appropriate for explosiveness call for meeker measures. How infrequent we witness the angry Christ! But let us also not become a people at the same time who are complacent with sin, who turn a blind eye to greed, advantage of the weak, those who seek to destroy the holy temple of God from the inside out, and the glory for which she stands, who seek to corrupt the nations and kingdoms of men which belong to Jesus Christ. Be a defense for God. You are God’s soldier, prepared with the shield of faith.

Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed and be still” ~ [Psalm 4:4]

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