Did Jesus really whip people when He cleansed the Temple? Lets read what the Scripture really says:
“In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here…” John 2:14 (NIV)
The Scripture says Jesus used the whip on all, both sheep and cattle…not people. Naturally, the animal’s sellers were driven away when they ran after their scattering animals. Jesus drove the money changers out by over turning their tables. But how did Jesus drive out the dove sellers since they could not chase their doves into the sky? Jesus simply told them to “Get these out of here…”
Some claim the text says Jesus drove out “ALL” with the cords…meaning also the people. But if He had driven ALL of the people out with the cords, then why would He have said to the dove sellers “get these out of here”. No, the verse just says He “drove out all—both sheep and cattle”.
Moreover, the KJV says He “made a scourge of SMALL cords”; probably out of some handy wrapping twine. Jesus’ whip was certainly no weapon of mass destruction. It was tied together quickly and probably quite flimsy because it was only meant to scatter the animals. When the animals scattered…the people would naturally chase after them! I raise sheep, and I pick up light weight switches off the ground to startle and move them all the time. I do not have to beat them…just startle them. Also, I am a pretty big dude. But I think that if even I were to charge after a bunch of other dudes with a few strings tied together, I would have some kind of a fight on my hands!