Then He entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling, "It is written", he said to them, "My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers."

Luke 19:45-46, NIV


This is one of the strangest events ever recorded in the life of Jesus. A Man who was so meek and gentle that He refused to even defend Himself against the vilest attacks from the most wicked of men, yet on this occasion He gets extremely aggressive. In fact the other Gospel writers reveal that He took a whip, overturned the money changers tables, and drove out man and beast with that whip from the temple area.


Why do you think He did that? Why when faced with death and beatings would Jesus remain still, but on this occasion appear to turn violent?


While we may never know the His exact reasoning, we may have a clue from the description of His actions and statements. Jesus always turned the other cheek when personally confronted. That does not mean that He did not respond to wicked attacks, for we know that He did when the circumstances called for it. But we can see from a deeper study of the Scriptures that Jesus turned the other cheek when the attack was against Himself, but vigorously turned to the offensive whenever the attacks were against the innocent or His Father. 


He was indignant when the disciples tried to prevent little children from coming to Him. He was angry when the religious leaders tried to prevent Him from healing the sick. And He resorted to physical action when the holiness of His Father was compromised!


There is a lesson for us, today, if we will take it. We live in a time where no one seems to overlook a personal insult. But, blaspheme the Father with evil accusations concerning His commands, kill a few million innocent babies through abortions, or use our holy Father's name in vain, and our response is usually one giant, collective yawn.


In other words, we are doing the exact opposite of what Jesus did: We are turning the other cheek on behalf of innocent victims and even God Himself, while at the same time refusing to overlook even the slightest insult to ourselves.


That's what I like about taking the time to actually study the word of God: We find out how He wants us to live, as opposed to how we would prefer to live.


"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord', and do not do what I say?"

Luke 6:46, NIV


This is the 21st day of the Bible study, consisting of the 17th through the 19th chapters of Luke. I pray that God will enlighten us all as we continue to seek His will through the study of His Word.