Read Matthew 21
Jesus headed to the temple and didn’t like what he saw. He drove out those who had turned his Father’s house into a den of thieves. Elsewhere we get more details. Overturned tables and a whip cause more commotion, but here Matthew is content to record that Jesus drove them out of the temple area.
Perhaps, Matthew wanted to get to the account of healing and the children. When the priests and teachers of the law saw this, they were indignant. They couldn’t say anything about the miraculous healings, so they targeted what the children were saying.
“Hosanna to the Son of David,”
Jesus asked these men well versed in God’s word if they had forgotten Psalm 8.
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
There is no extended confrontation. Jesus left to spend the night in Bethany and left these religious leaders to examine what God had spoken to them in his holy word and in the flesh.