“People Often Irritated Him.”

Reading the New Testament, I came to the story of an angry Jesus driving the money lenders from the Temple (Mark 11:15-17):  “And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves; and he would not allow anyone to carry anything though the temple.  He was teaching and saying, ‘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.”

“Lord, what I am to make of Jesus’ temper?”

People often irritated him.

“Irritated him?  If he is God, wouldn’t he be above that sort of feeling?”

Yes and No.  You don’t understand.  Jesus is a human being, though he is also part of Me.  He is subject to limitations as well as benefits that result from that.  He has feelings and emotions.  That is why he can save the world so effectively.  He is a model of how a finite creature, with all the pushes and pulls of emotions, can nevertheless give boundless love.

“Okay, that makes sense to me.”

2 thoughts on ““People Often Irritated Him.”

  1. Sandra Reply

    Lots of people irritate me to, especially hypocrites.

    1. Jerry L Martin Reply

      Yes, indeed, Sandra, life is full of irritations, and hypocrites are
      certainly on the list, though there is a countervailing sentiment: Anybody
      who is not a hypocrite doesn’t have high enough standards.

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