Jesus chasing the money changers out of the Temple is a favorite. Artists love it, too, because they can create revealing faces and violent images.
Google the topic and you can spend weeks looking up endless interpretations of the story. One preacher wrote, “It doesn’t mean selling things in church is sin. Some selling, like the books we sell in our church, is OK.”
We must remember those who wrote the Bible did so with the intention of making a specific point to a specific audience at the time they wrote. Whatever their purpose in writing the money-changer story, the authors did expect for readers to take it literally.
Recognize that currency was more important at that time than it is today. There were no bank deposits. Thus, there were plenty of people who made their living as thieves, watching for unguarded moments. We might call them thugs today.
People who had currency needed to defend against theft. Guarding these assets was labor intensive–human guards, 24/7. Even today in very poor countries, anyone with a good home and car hires people to guard them around the clock.
The owners of animals, which were also said to be for sale in the temple, would also have needed security protection. The point is, there had to be far more armed gurards in the temple than there were money changers. They were not chased out by a guy with a homemade whip.
I must admit that, other than the fact it could not have happened, it’s a great story.