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

One Response to “Consuming Zeal”

  1. Donnis D Crump says:

    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