What I drew from this is that although Christ was angered, and I believe rightfully so, Christ was still in total control of His anger since He did not wish to harm the animals. Someone out of control does not think, but this is Scriptural evidence that Christ was actually in control of his actions and thinking while He did the actions He did. So I think this is poor Scriptural support for spanking for 1) Christ did not spank anyone ; and 2) Christ was in control of his emotions.Take a look at Matthew 21:12 - Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. We've been studying this chapter for the past two weeks at church and I've discovered a lot of neat things in it. Does anything strike you about this passage? It says that Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers. So what? Well, presumably that would scatter their money everywhere, right? True, but it would mean they could gather it back up and probably not lose a whole lot. Now, this is where it gets cool. The last part of the verse says that Jesus overturned the seats of those who sold doves. Why wouldn't He overturn their tables too? What would happen if He overturned a table with a cage of doves on it? The cage could burst open and all the doves would be lost...
Spanking by parents can, and often is, done in the wrong way. The parent either doesn't know how to deal with their child's misbehaviour, or they want a quick solution and don't want to spend time on their child. Unlike those within Israel back in the OT where we have lines "spare the rod, and spoil the child," today we aren't as closely knit as the communities within Israel back then were. Whereas back then everything would have been more in the open for "all" family and even friends to see, today "immediate" families are hidden behind closed doors. So if a father within Israel back then hit their child wrongfully or out of their own anger, they would loose face with those around them, and even have been held accountable for their actions. Today, there is no real accountability for the parent if they hit their child wrongfully behind a closed door.