“The zeal of Your house has eaten Me up” (John 2:17)

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“And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money-changers sitting. And when He had made a scourge of small cords, He drove them all out of the temple, also the sheep and the oxen. And He poured out the money-changers’ money and overthrew the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, Take these things away from here. Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise. And His disciples remembered that it was written, “The zeal of Your house has eaten Me up.” (John 2:14-17).

In that action, Yeshua was not popular. He was radical! He never told people what they wanted to hear, but what they should hear, even it was not pleasant for them, but that was for their goodness (Hebrews 12:5-11). This He wants to teach us! 

In the epistle of 2 Cor. 11:2-3 the apostle Paul says: “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy. For I have espoused you to one Man, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I fear lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, so your thoughts should be corrupted from the simplicity due to Christ”. Paul warns us here that our thoughts will not be turn away from the simplicity, which is in Christ. Paul was jealous to God! In his epistles, he teaches us, in the Holy Spirit, to live in fear of God instead of fear of man, which brings: love of self-honor, self-justification, envy and pride which people (also believers) suffer of that (Galatians 5:26). 

In the Old Testament God Indicates for the better Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest for his jealousy to God. “And Jehovah spoke to Moses saying, Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned My wrath away from the sons of Israel while he was zealous for My sake among them, so that I did not destroy the sons of Israel in My jealousy. Therefore say, Behold! I give him My covenant of peace. And he shall have it, and his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the sons of Israel” (Numb. 25:10-13).     

Phinehas, the priest, is also reminded in Psalms 106:30-31. He was zealous to God, therefore God blessed him with a great blessing. God’s holiness was more important for him then being in favor in the eyes of people. God demands from us the same. He wants us to live in the fear of God and not in the fear of man (Gal. 1:10).

Why must we be zealous to God and to His Word? Because God is a consumer fire! (Hebrews 12:28-29), and in the same time He is love (1 John 4: 8,16). 

To be zealous to God is: 

To love Him and to keep His commandments (1 John 5:3)

To love the truth and to abide in His word (John 8:31-32)

To walk always in the light, and not hiding things in the darkness (1 John 1:5-10)

To walk in the spirit who dwells in us (James 4:5)  

To tremble at His Word, not compromise with it and of course not take God’s Word out of context in order to justify our personal opinions (Isaiah 66:2).

In these days, especially, we can find on internet networks messages, videos and audio clips, which express different and strange opinions about the “end-times” era. They may deflect our focus from God’s Word. 

Everything which is happening now in the world, must not surprises us, the believers. The Lord, by His grace, takes us step by step into a situation when our faith will be tested, because we are important for Him and He wants to use us especially in these times, for the sake of His name and gloryAs to God’s Word, we will go through trials and tests, in order to test our spiritual condition. In God’s Word is written: “Beloved, do not be astonished at the fiery trial which is to try you, as though a strange thing happened to you,  but rejoice according as you are partakers of Christ’s suffering, so that when His glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of God and of glory rests on you. Truly according to them, He is blasphemed, but according to you He is glorified” (1 Peter 4:12-14).  

What is going now in the world, is only the beginning of the end of the “end-times” era. These are only the beginning of the “birth pangs” before the coming back of Yeshua to take us to Him. Specifically in these times, more than ever, we must ask ourselves the next questions: 

Where are we in our relationships with the Lord, is He in the first place in our lives? (Matt. 6:33)

Are we standing on the rock, stable in faith, or on the sand (works of the flesh)? (Matt 7:24-27)

Are we walking on the narrow road, against the stream of the world, or are we compromised with the world? (Matt. 7:13-14)

Are we building our faith on the foundation, which is Yeshua – with gold or silver or precious stones, or with wood or hey or straw (dead works, that are not by the guidance of the Holy Spirit)? (1 Cor. 3: 11-15)

Are we pursuing the peace with every man (or we are still in lack of forgiveness, especially with our brothers) and the holiness, which without it no man will see the Lord? (Heb. 12:14)

Are we taking into the house of God, ideas, thoughts and deeds, which come out of the flesh, or are we zealous to God and His Word? 

Today we need for spiritual discernment more than ever and it is given to those who are full age in their spirit  – to those who are mature in faith. (Heb. 5:14).

The teachers among us must be careful much more with their teachings (James 3:1) and the pastors need to be a faithful testimony and examples to the flock by their own lives (1 Peter 5:2-4).

God hears the words of our mouth, knows the thoughts of our heart and sees the way of our life. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing In Your sight, O Jehovah, my Rock and my Redeemer”!!! (Psalms 19:14)