Consuming Zeal

Consuming Zeal

I often wonder how many causes, fights, and acts of violence have been credited to the story of Jesus clearing out the temple, though I hope no one ever counts. What we typically see as proof, or justification, for acts of anger, is actually a story of zeal that culminates at the resurrection. It is no coincidence that when asked for a sign of his authority to cleanse the temple that Jesus directs them to the cross. There is a deep connection between the two moments, and it has everything to do with zeal.
Our scriptures this week include the passage Chess is discussing, John 2:13-22, as well as Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19 and 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.

Our Worship this Week

Suggested Order of Worship for our virtual services.

Hymns for the Week

Be encouraged this week by these songs. You can find our playlist here on Spotify.
The Spacious Firmament
Psalm 19 (The Law of the Lord)
How Firm a Foundation
Hear, O Israel
I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord
In Christ Alone
Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Children’s Activities for the Week

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Donnis D Crump
Donnis D Crump
2 years ago

john 2.13-22
prepare to hear something new
46 years
temple of his body
disciples believed
not anger but zeal/zealous
a church word
church nerdy
zeal the key to unlocking
passion toward an objective or goal
objective? Jesus’ words. missing His meaning
death & resurrection. THE CROSS
goal of reconciling the world back to God
corruption etc. ZEAL to remove the obstacle
perversion of the sacrificial system
commercialized even extorted – profit from sins
so reconciliation and atonement – not sales in lobby by kids
passion that leads to his sacrifice
latin passion = suffer
perversion of old covenant
take advantage of people
save the world
not even death could stop him
because of the cross
authority of his ministry

But isn’t there a verse another place that says Jesus was angry?

our anger – this is no excuse
pray we have zeal and come closer to God