Who was Jesus talking to here?
His words are directed at the temple religious leaders and the merchants – money changers – theives. People who sought personal gain by taking from God’s people.
Jesus was angry. We see that anger is not a sin, but anger is a reasonable response to sin.
The body of Christ, the Church, the temple, is to be a house of prayer.
Den of Thieves – They were there to get what they could from God’s people, and they were using religion to do it.
Jesus drove them out!
“So Jesus made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” John 2:15-16
“His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:17
Also interesting to note John 2:18 goes on to says..
“The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
And we know Jesus has been give has all authority in heaven and on earth and He has no problem driving out our enemies. Those that seek to steal from God’s temple.