John 2

Chapter 2: Topical Index

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Jesus' sense of Justice

The semantic analysis of NT Wright may be accurate but it does not explain Jesus' anger at the Temple authorities adequately. The exchange of currency in the Temple precincts was abused by the money exchangers who were exploiting the poor. If you had to buy a sacrifice to be right with God and someone set up a system whereby the money you paid for that sacrifice was increased in the exchange to the Temple currency, then that would be an injustice especially if you were poor to begin with. Your reading of the reason why Jesus cleansed the Temple misses the point of the passage. He was angry with the injustice that the money exchangers were perpetrating against the people.

Your brother in Christ, TOM G.

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