“Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”
13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”
Definition of zeal– Merriam-Webster: a strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something especially regarding religious matters—synonyms: passion, ardor, love, fervor, fire, avidity, devotion, fanaticism.
All of these describe the man JESUS who came to this earth as GOD in the flesh. JESUS walked this earth just as you and I but HE was totally sinless though as we are HE was tempted in every manner. HE though did not succumb to those temptations. JESUS only did what the FATHER told HIM to do and nothing else. HE was totally dependent upon the SPIRIT to lead HIM. Everything JESUS did was to glorify the FATHER and no one else including HIMSELF. JESUS gave none of HIS own opinions or variances to the Word nor did he remove or add anything to it. As JESUS said not a jot or tittle will be removed.
Part of the ministry of JESUS was to bring the Truth to us for even Pilate asked “what is Truth?” The religious leaders of those days had wandered off from the Truth though they professed to be the only way to the Father in the apostasy of their teachings. They had wandered from the Truth by adding their own laws to the Laws or Commandments of GOD. Their zeal was directed in their own misguided understanding and not to be lead by the HOLY SPIRIT. The Pharisee of those days came to enjoy and demand the best seats and to be seen parading in the streets in their robes and position. As it is written, “You worship ME with your lips but your hearts are far from ME.”
JESUS never did anything to rebel against the Word, all of HIS actions were according to the Word and HE zealously protected and preached the Word even to the point of dying for the Word in obedience to the FATHER. As seen above HE was fanatical about any transgressions of those religious leaders of HIS day. HE preaches through devoted, zealous men who were HIS disciples to the end of the Bible and to this day of the destruction of sin and the wages of sin are death. Does your pastor? Does your pastor preach repentance is the only way to salvation and therefore to the FATHER. Does your pastor tell you that sexual sin leads to death or is he afraid to preach the GOSPEL to you and the congregation leaving you not only in bondage to your sin but comforting you as you stroll down the broad path to hell. Has your Pastor preached about the wickedness of abortion as murder, telling you of the freedom of repentance from the guilt of that sin or has he left you afloat in pain and misery. Does you Pastor tell you that no adulterer, homosexual, liar, fornicator, theft, covetous person or idolator who does not repent will not enter heaven.
JESUS told us all of these things, HE told us because HE loves us and because the Bible tells us so. Now all of these Pastors who have eliminated part of the Truth to soften it up, make it more compassionate in their own eyes or to enrich themselves will stand in front of the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE one day. Many Pastors have polluted the FATHERS house today just like the Pharisee and the Sadducee of JESUS’ time. This is why this United States is in the shape it is in right now and today.
The wickedness that prevails is directly tied to the pulpit and the hyper-grace that is so widespread.
JESUS did not permit it then and we are called to not permit it now. When mainline denominations preach and support the right to abortion/partial-birth abortion and that homosexuals are Christian and can serve as Pastors then there is no zeal in those houses or congregations for the Word of GOD. They are Apostate, they need to come to their knees in repentance. If your Pastor does not speak out against this Apostasy then he or she has no zeal for the FATHER’S house or Word, it does not matter how much they bless the LORD with their lips, their actions prove otherwise. They are like the Pharisee doing what is right in their own eyes. JESUS did not standby and allow all of these other gospels as if everyone is entitled to their opinions nor are we to allow it.
Today we need zeal for our FATHER’S house just as JESUS protected the Word fanatically so are we to do the same. Repent for the kingdom of heaven draws nigh.