The Zeal For My Father’s House

The Zeal For My Father’s House

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The Zeal for my father’s house

Doing the right thing in the wrong place or in the wrong manner can make Jesus angry with us.

Jesus was certainly humble, gentle, friendly, and loving. And yet, He was not the soft-skinned, passive sage seen so often in works of art.

Reading what He endured at the cross vouches for His physical fitness. But the gospels also describe Jesus as passionate, direct, quick-minded, and brave.

A fragile pushover could never have single-handedly cleared a courtyard full of merchants, or stood His ground against the commotion that came after.

 “Zeal” is defined as “passion, energy, and devotion.” Jesus’ passion for the purity of the temple is clear.

TEXT: John 2:13-25
13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.

15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”

17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?”

21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.

22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name.

24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.

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25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

Fromour text the Jews who came to make sacrifices in the temple had come from distant lands (Acts 2:5 – 11).

The currencies of their different countries needed to be changed to Jewish money; and also, they needed to buy sheep, cattle, and doves (v.14) for their sacrifices.

The traders whom Jesus Christ drove out were rendering services with their foreign exchange businesses and the sale of animals for sacrifices.

Jesus Christ drove them out for turning the court of the gentiles, the only space allocated to Gentile’s worshippers (John 12: 20) into their marketplace.

And to make matters worse, they did not do clean business (Matt. 21:13): They shortchanged the unsuspecting foreigners.

It tells how some of our actions may have good beginnings and intentions, but economic considerations may become our priority later.

Consider fund-raising in our churches today and the way we manipulate members to give more and more. How can we ensure we do not turn God’s house into a marketplace or a den of robbers?

How do we react to practices we consider unbiblical in the church: Quit and start a new congregation? Or, worse still, abandon church altogether?

Notice Jesus’ reaction (v.15) and his reason (v.17). Zeal for our father’s house from within should drive us to righteous action.

We need discernment and wisdom as well as knowledge of the authority we have.

Doing the right thing in the wrong place or in the wrong manner can make Jesus angry with us. Can you think of other examples? Check your own life!

Prayer: Deliver me, Lord, from serving mammon or allowing it to take over decency and decorum from my life.


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Joy Chinonyerem

Joy Chinonyerem is an ardent follower of Christ who believes in Living the Christian Life according to the tenets set by Christ himself. She is passionate about Walking by Faith, as commanded by the scriptures and uses her blog, Walking By Faith Blog, to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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