Holy Indignation


Matthew 21:15 (ESV): 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant,


This chapter details Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Jesus went to the Temple and began cleaning house. He quoted scripture that God’s house is to be a place of prayer, but the religious leaders had made it a den of robbers.

Afterwards, the sick and lame approached Jesus for healing. Seeing this, and the children singing praises to God, the religious leaders were indignant.


What stirs our holy indignation? Are we upset when our careful systems and traditions are disrupted, even if it is obvious the substance behind them is missing? Do we find ourselves angry when God cares for the unfortunate or less privileged?

What does our holy indignation say about our priorities, our love for God and our love for people?


Heavenly Father, may I be disturbed by what disturbs you. May I ignore all that you ignore. May I be noted for my love for you and people. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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