BRAID THE WHIP
13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem.
14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money.
15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor and turned over their tables.
It is evident in this passage of Scripture that Jesus was visibly distraught over the treatment of his Father’s house. Just like in our own lives, we have and will experience situations that cause us to want to lash out in anger. However, it is crucial to notice what Jesus did before cleansing the Temple. He stopped. Jesus gathered what he needed and began to make the whip He would later use to cleanse the Temple. (Some translations say “braided” this implies that it took some time to make.) Instead of Christ instantly lashing out at what was going on around him, He took the time to make sure He was prepared for what He needed to do. By making this whip, it shows Jesus demonstrating not only emotional maturity but spiritual maturity as well. I can remember a time when I was about 17, and I had been treated poorly in front of a large group of people. This person left me feeling humiliated. My initial reaction was to walk back in the room and confront this person publicly for what they had done. But before I could, my grandfather grabbed my arm and told me, “Anyone can yell and cause a scene over how someone hurt you, but it takes wisdom to gather your thoughts and speak calmly with the other person in private.”
How many times in our own lives have we responded too quickly in a situation without any preparation? Even if we were in the right, did we stop to take a moment to collect our emotions to make sure our hearts are in tune with the Father? It is easy for us to get caught up in our self-righteousness and not realize that our reaction can cause more harm than what was done to us in the first place. Because our lives are not our own, we must consider all of our actions and reactions. We are never too busy to stop and take a mental and emotional inventory before we respond to a situation.
If a heated situation arises, take time before reacting to collect yourself and ask the Father if the posture of your heart is appropriate. Ask Him to show you how to be a blessing to someone, even if you do not agree with them. Before you prematurely involve yourself in a situation take a moment and braid your whip.