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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!

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.



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Sunday afternoon musing

While listening to a podcast yesterday at Fire on your head

David Edwards the co-host said something about God always sending thoughts and ideas our way, and it got me thinking about one of the most precious passages in the Bible, Psalm 139:

Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with Thee. ~ Psalm 139:16-18

I got thinking that rather than things about us occurring to God as we run into circumstances, what if God in His vast foreknowledge has, before He knit us, before He molded us in our mother’s wombs, thought His thoughts and wrote His book. What if those thoughts are available to us by plugging into the Spirit any time we need them.

Any time we need direction, God’s thought toward us don’t just happen, but are already being broadcast, or sitting ready to be tapped.

Think of it like this. One of my favorite Bible Commentators is Matthew Henry. He wrote in the early 18th century. I sit pondering a passage of scripture, and then go digging in his commentary for some further light.

As I read his work, the light turns on and I get a totally new revelation (to me) about the Bible. It happens to be something Matthew Henry wrote in 1709, but I just tuned in 300 years after the fact.

It was there for the taking. My dad had a set of these commentaries that he bought before I was born, so any day in my life I could have gotten this “new” idea from the good old MHC.

So it is with God’s knowledge of us and what we will be needing.

The One Who formed us, Who knows our end from our beginning, Who knows every possible consequence of every possible choice we could make, has thought about these things and written them in His book about us.

And He has not locked that book away so we can not get to it. It is available to be checked out of His library any time.

We simply need to plug in.

I am convinced this is how Jesus lived. Daily communing with the Father, senses tuned to hear His voice and His council as He walked the paths of Galilee.

God is not perplexed by your circumstances. He knows you and would be glad to share some great ideas with you.

So turn down the noise in your life that drowns out His voice, grab that volume from His library shelf, and settle in for a good read.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.


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