Excerpt from The Anglican Pulpit Library: Sermons; Outlines; Illustrations for the Sundays and Holy Days of the Year, Original and Selected the Sundays After Trinity Ten to Twenty-Five In contemplating this action, we are at first startled by its erem toriness. Is this, ' we say to ourselves, 'is this He who is ca ed t e Lamb of God? He of whom prophecy said that He should neither strive nor cry; He who said of Himself, Come to Me; I am meek and lowl of heart? Is there not the same incongruity between that mee and gentle character and those vehement acts and words No, there is no incongruity. As the anger which is divorced from meekness is but unsanctified passion, so the false meekness which can never kindle at the sight of wrong into indignation, is closely allied, depend upon it, to moral collapse. One of the worst things that the inspired Psalmist can find it in his heart to say of a man is, 'neither doth he abhor anything that is evil.' Bishop Butler has shown that anger, being a part of our natural constitution, is in tended by our Maker to be excited, to be exercised upon certain legitimate objects; and the reason why anger is as a matter of fact generally sinful is, because it is generally wielded, not by our sense of absolute right and truth, but by our self-love, and therefore, on wrong and needless occasions. Our Lord's swift indignation was just as much a part of His perfect sanctity as was His silent meek ness in the hour of His Passion.
We may dare to say it, that He could not, being Himself, have been silent in that Tem le court, for that which met His eye was an offence first against t e eighth commandment of the Decalogue. The mone brokers, we have seen, were habitually fraudulent; but then this (toes not explain His treatment of the sellers of the doves, which shows that He saw in the whole transaction an offence against the first and second commandments. All irreverence is really when we get to the bottom of it unbelief. The first great truth that we know is the solitary supremacy of the Eternal God; the second.
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