17 And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations' ? But you have made it 'a den of robbers.' " 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. 19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.
(Cleansing the Temple, Bernardino Mei)
Prayer: Reform your Church, O Lord, according to your Spirit and your Word. Reform me that I would not be corrupted by pride and my own habits.
John Calvin abridged: What is it that really bothered the scribes and Pharisees? [Matthew records that Jesus healed in the Temple and that the children were shouting "Hosanna to the Son of David"- Mt. 21:14-16]. It was ungodly malice and outrageous contempt against God as seen by their being bothered by his miracles and the applause of the people. They wanted to hold onto their power, which would be diminished by giving Jesus the title of King.