Monday, October 14, 2013

Zeal for the Lord's House

Jesus found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:  And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
         He possessed a zeal for the Lord’s House. It was at that place where there was to be prayer for the nations, a place from which the kingdom of God was to spread from the River to the Sea. But the caretakers of the House had become negligent, either apathetic to the work of the Lord or quite literally trying to personally profit from the Lord’s House. This failure of obedience and lack of faith made Jesus angry enough to make a scourge and whip people out of the Lord’s House.
         How is your zeal for the Lord’s House? Do you love it here? And do you believe that from here God’s blessings flow to the ends of the Earth? Let us confess any apathy and any greed, and all unbelief as to the victorious Lordship of Jesus. And may the Lord restore unto us a zeal for the Lord’s house.

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