“In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the
money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of
the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the moneychangers
and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, ‘Take
these things away, do not make my Father’s house a house of trade!’ His disciples
remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ So the Jews
said to him, ‘What sign do you show us for doing these things? Jesus answered them,
‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”. John 2:14-19
I hate injustice. Make me sit through a movie where someone is wrongly accused and if
it’s not made right until the end… I’ll be miserable for two hours. Open up a check-out
line in the grocery and not call for “the next person in line” and my insides will twist.
Jesus’ insides were twisting. Like David, crying out in Psalm 69, zeal for His Father’s
house consumed him. So, he made it obvious in causing quite a ruckus.
The temple represented God’s grace-filled dwelling among His covenant people. By
God’s own initiative He provided, in the temple, the way for a restored relationship with
us. Unfortunately, ritual, pride, and greed has seeped its way into the holiest of holies,
and other desires took precedent over true worship… (Unfortunately, words like ritual,
pride and greed seem to fit parts of my life all too well.)
Jesus’ cleansing of the temple here is much more than outrage, but a sign of end-time
fulfillment as well. The temple was never given as an end in itself. Something beautiful
and better is promised! That something arrived with Jesus, the true and final temple.
As the embodiment of the temple (the place where God was present with his people),
Jesus is God with us, Immanuel, and God for us. He himself, for now and through
eternity, is our temple.
What is it that makes your insides twist? Webster defines “zeal” as a strong feeling of
interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do
something! Are you (am I?) CONSUMED with ZEAL for your Father’s house? Pray right
now that he would reveal and toss out the ritual, the pride, the greed, and the sin that has
seeped into your life. I’m praying that a “ZEAL for His house” would CONSUME us!!!