The only part of the temple cleansing scene which I don’t find disturbing is that Jesus disrupted the animal sacrifices (animal lover, here *g*). It makes me think of the lines … Matthew 12:7 … If mercy is superior to the temple sacrifices, how much more to the laws of ritual impurity … and Jesus saying elsewhere in Matthew “Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”
One spiritual director told me once that my Jesus was a plastic Jersus, because I wouldn’t let him get angry. Obviously I have some issues :-). But, on the whole, I like Jesus being passionately disturbed to the point of doing such a reckless/brave thing, for surely this act put another metaphorical nail in his coffin with the religious leaders.
Then there’s the part where Jesus obliquely refers to his death and resurrection … poor disciples, they never seem to understand. I’m actually grateful to them for being such dense dopes – it means that if they can eventually get it right, there’s hope for even me.
Finally, it ends on a kind of sad/foreboding note … But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well. 😦