“And having made a lash of cords, He drove them all out of the temple enclosure, both the sheep and the oxen, spilling and scattering the brokers’ money and upsetting and tossing around their trays.” John 2:15 Amplified
Today’s verse is the only time we see Jesus become angry, some think this justifies anger, but it doesn’t. Anger is an emotion which we feel as much as sadness, happiness, guilt or shame, we’ll feel them, but we must never let them control us.
Jesus was in complete control when He went into the temple area and saw that there were people making a profit off the sacrificial animals that were needed. He had what’s called righteous indignation. It’s called that because He wasn’t angry about something done to Him personally, he was angry that people were treating something or someone else wrongly, in this case God’s house.
As believers we have no right to be angry when someone does something wrong to us because we’ve given up our rights to the Lord, HE will defend us. As believers, though, we have every right and should become angry when people treat God or others wrongly, especially the innocent. That being said bear in mind that in Ephesians 4:26 Paul tells us when we are angry not to sin, so we must be careful in our response even if we’re defending others. Proverbs 14:29 says “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is hasty of spirit exposes and exalts his folly.” Finally, James 1:19 says, “Understand this my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, a ready listener, slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.”
Again, Jesus was in complete control of His emotions, being human he had them, but He didn’t let them control Him. I pray and ask Him to help me control mine, self-control is one of the fruits of the Spirit.