Did Jesus get so angry He turned over tables? I thought anger was a sin.

Here's the answer:

Jesus did get so angry He turned over tables, but His anger was not based in sinful motives. His anger can be described as “zeal.”

Jesus became angry after He entered the temple. The temple was supposed to be a place of worship, but he money changers and animal sellers had turned the temple into a giant shopping mall. This made Jesus very angry. The temple was built to worship God—not to sell items and take advantage of people.

Jesus’ anger is not like our anger. When we get angry, it’s usually because we don’t get our way. Jesus was angry because the people were messing up God’s place of worship. The root of Jesus’ anger was pure. It was not out of selfish ambition or pride.

Anger is a natural emotion, but we can control it. Whenever we are angry, we need to deal with it in the right way. Just like Jesus, we should only become angry if the root of our anger is because the situation goes against God.

Bible Truth

"He said to them, 'It is written that the Lord said, "My house will be called a house where people can pray.But you are making it a den for robbers"'" (Matthew 21:13).

"So Jesus made a whip out of ropes. He chased all the sheep and cattle from the temple courtyard. He scattered the coins of the people exchanging money. And he turned over their tables. He told those who were selling doves, 'Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!'" (John 2:15-16).

"Scripture says, 'When you are angry, do not sin.' (Psalm 4:4) Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry" (Ephesians 4:26).