In Mark on Monday of Passion Week, Jesus drives out of the temple those buying and selling there, as well as the tables of the money changers. Why did he do this?
Jesus says that the sellers and moneychangers had made the place into a den of thieves (11:17). The quote alludes to Jeremiah 7:11.
Here are some of the suggestions for what was going on here?
1. Coincidence--Jesus died as a part of a Roman sweep through the crowd.
2. Jesus showing us that you could be angry (even righteously indignant) and yet not sin (even be entirely sanctified and throw tables over!).
3. Jesus was showing us how much he didn't like religion. He didn't come to start a religion and hates religion as much as you do.
P.S. Question: Do I think the hyper-individualist "Revolutions" crowd is the church of the future? Answer: No. They don't believe in churches so they will melt away into the world never to be seen again. The church of the future will be, well, the church of the future. Don't fear the anti-church wing of the emergent church--either they'll follow their philosophy until they evaporate away, or one day they'll finish doing their therapy and find a local church.
4. Jesus opposed the buying and selling that was going on in the temple, maybe where in the temple it was going on. You shouldn't sell merchandise within the church's walls.
5. Jesus is predicting the coming destruction of the temple, even symbolically acting it out.
6. By evoking Jeremiah, Jesus is indicting the priorities of the temple leadership. They neglect the social justice of the prophets--taking care of the poor, widows, orphans--and instead make a profit off of the people.
What do you think?