"What Makes You Angry?" - Mark 11:15-19


  1. What was it that made Jesus angry here in Mark 11?  Had Jesus ever been angry before this scene in Mark?  Where and what made Him angry in those situations?  Check out Mark 3:5; Mark 10:14... others?
  2. Ephesians 4:26 instructs us to be angry and yet do not sin. In what way does Jesus help us understand how one does that?  Why was Jesus anger not sin?
  3. Why do you think that Jesus held both the sellers and the buyers responsible in distorting the purpose of the Temple?
  4. Why do you think Jesus took physical action against the offenders rather than teaching and exhorting them to change their conduct?
  5. What do we learn about Jesus when it says in verse 16 "He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the Temple"?  What were they doing and why did Jesus take issue with it?
  6. In verse 17 we find Jesus first taking action and then teaching.  Why do you think Jesus started by saying "Is it not written" and then partially quoting Isa 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11?  Why these two Old Testament passages?
  7. What does "My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all the Nations"?
  8. In what ways did the Chief Priest and the Scribes violate God's express purpose for His Temple?  Why would they do that?!
  9. In what ways is it possible today to intentionally or unintentionally distort, change, alter the focus of God's purposes and plans?  Consider things like the Church, marriage, family, life itself...etc.
  10. What made the Chief Priests and Scribes angry?  What does their anger reveal about them?
  11. How was their anger significantly different than Jesus'?  In what ways?
  12. What did the religious leaders decide to do with Jesus?  Discuss their decision in relation to Ephesians 4:26 and James 1:18,19.
  13. Why do you think the Chief Priests and Scribes were afraid of Jesus?  What were they afraid of?
  14. What does it mean that the crowd was astonished at Jesus teaching?  Why were they astonished?
  15. What makes you angry?  How or in what way(s) is your anger like Jesus and not like Jesus?
  16. In what way can we fall into the trap of becoming angry like the Chief Priests and the Scribes?
  17. What have you learned from this passage and how are you going to apply what you have learned?
Benjamin Steiner