In the last installment of Another Red Letter Day we looked briefly at Jesus cleansing the temple. Today I want to ponder this answer the disciples came up with for our unspoken question of the day.
His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.” ~ John 2:17
Jesus sees what is going on, and something rises up on the inside of Him.
He must look like an angry young man to all those watching.
What had gotten into Him?
The disciples thought back to their Bible readings.
The quote they remembered comes from the Psalms:
For zeal for Your house has consumed me, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. ~ Psalm 69:9
Jesus sees the oppression of the poor and the rich lining their pockets. These oppressors are using the system God put in place to bring relief from the burden of sin, the sacrificial system, the very system Jesus Himself would fulfill, to drag God’s people deeper into debt.
This oppression not only oppressed the people of God, but drove them further from Him. Church became a place where the sheep stood a better chance of being fleeced than fed, so the sheep would just as soon stay away.
Two applications here.
One for Church leaders – We need to lift the burden of sin and oppression, not the wallets of our sheep!
But what I really wanted to touch on today was the idea that Jesus is zealous for His Father's house. I know I have made application here for the house of the Lord as the Church, but YOU my friend, if you are in covenant with Jesus, are the House of the Lord.
Jesus is zealous for you. Jesus is zealous to see you become a house of prayer, to see you as a place of blessing for those who are oppressed. Jesus is zealous to see you set free, and then for you to be a place where the works of satan are destroyed!
Can you get yourself stirred up – can you let the Zeal of the Lord’s house consume you today? Are you zealous for your own life to be used by the Master to set others free?
Stir it up today!
Don’t miss SoS tomorrow!
See you again soon.