12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples; and they stayed there a few days. 13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. John 2:12-16 (NASB) See verses 15&16 on the site.
Some today have made a caricature of our Lord Jesus Christ. This man-made image is far from the truth we see in Sacred Scripture. There have been some who have even portrayed the Bible as revealing two separate “Gods,” the mean, angry God of the Old Testament, and the kind, gentle Jesus of the New Testament….
The former is an image contrived by those who resent God’s commands for holiness and righteousness while the latter is vastly incomplete and derived by those who are either ignorant of what the New Testament teaches about our Lord or they are deliberately ignoring what it says.
In the passage above, we see the phrase, “After this…” This is referring to what happened after the wedding feast in Cana where our Lord turned water into wine. After the wedding, He went to Capernaum with his family and disciples for a few days. Then He went to Jerusalem for Passover. What did He find in the Temple? He found there those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. What was our Lord’s response? And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.”