Christ is angry - seriously angry - at these events. Recognizing that He is the sinless Christ we must acknowledge that obviously his anger is righteous and with an equitable purpose. Let it be noted from these things that Christ does not take any pleasure in irreverent behavior in His house! He is serious about His church and her worship. We would be wise to find ourselves serious as well!
"The passage is one that ought to raise deep searchings of heart in many quarters. Are there none who profess and call themselves Christians, behaving every Sunday just as badly as these Jews? Are there none who secretly bring into the house of God their money, their lands, their houses, their cattle, and a whole train of worldly affairs? Are there none who bring their bodies only into the place of worship, and allow their hearts to wander into the ends of the earth? Are there none who are 'almost in all evil, in the midst of the congregation'? (Pr 5:14). These are serious questions! Multitudes, it may be feared, could not give them a satisfactory answer."
How true, Mr. Ryle, they are serious questions and I am smitten by them. Where is my God-centeredness in worship? How often is it about me rather than about Him?
We would all do well to heed Solomon's counsel from Ecclesiastes 5 - "Guard your steps as you go to the house of God, and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil."
May God grant me the grace to be reverent in my worship. May He enable me to guard my steps as I enter His courts that I might enter them with sincere thanksgiving, awe, and praise. As He twice cleared the earthly temple may He clear my heart that I might be, by grace, considered to be one without guile in the area of worship.