"Jesus offended the religious leaders and the text indicates that He meant to do it. He did it on purpose. He offended them because they were following their traditions and their commandments of traditions instead of the Scriptures themselves. The reason He offended them is given in verse 13, 'That which is not planted of My Father must be rooted up.' They are going down the wrong path and Jesus says, 'I put a hindrance there.' Put something there for them to stumble over while they are making their way down the wrong path. Gave them something to think about, something to challenge them with. And in that sense, the offense is purely acceptable; in fact, something the Lord does all the time."