Doesn’t it seem to be an anti-climax after the triumphal entry that Jesus goes to the temple, looks around and then leaves, headed back to Bethany, from which he’d just come? He doesn’t drive out the sellers and buyers and upturn the tables until the next day.
Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. And after looking around at everything, he went out to Bethany with the twelve since it was already late.
What was the Lord’s point in doing this? The text doesn’t say explicitly, so we have to search for clues, if there are any. What do you make of Mark 11:11?