Swords to Plowshares

Promoting a faith-based love for all creation.

Was Jesus an animal liberator?

Yes. It says in John 2:15, Jesus “made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” He was liberating the animals whom the Sadducees were selling for sacrifice. They had turned the temple into a business that profits off treating animals as merchandise, prompting Jesus to emphatically command, “Stop turning My Father’s house into a marketplace!”

The connection runs even deeper too! Jesus was purchased with coins from Judas (Matthew 26:14-15) and taken by his purchasers to slaughter (Matthew 27:1). This is exactly what was happening to the animals in the temple by the Sadducees, of whom Jesus was very critical throughout his ministry. This was quite literally the hill Jesus died on, walking alongside the animals to his own slaughter at the hand of those same people who proclaimed to be shedding blood in the name of God but who, in reality, “do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34)”. So Jesus was not only an animal liberator but also died alongside the animals, just as he was born alongside them (Luke 2:7).

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