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The Zeal Of Thine House

The Zeal Of Thine House         Friday, February 23, 2018



By Mary Lee Thornton

John 2:17. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. (KJV)

The root meaning of the word ‘zeal’ is "to boil."                                                           

If you could see zeal it would be a boiling pot.                                                            

Zeal is used here to describe a boiling heart.

A heart boiling up, or boiling over, with intense heat of its own affections, and passions, and emotions.

There is only one kind of boiling water, but two entirely different kinds of boiling blood. It is used of boiling anger, love, zeal, for what is good or bad etc. (Strongs 2204)

In the Bible there are many instances of bad boiling blood.

Three kings fit this description, Saul, Ahab, and Jehu. They were hot-headed and god-forsaken. Theirs was a sinful zeal.

Moses also demonstrated a hot-headed zeal at times.

Exodus 2:11. And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
12. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. (KJV)

ANOTHER OCCASION                                                                                          

Exodus 32:19. And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. (he was never reprimanded by God for this)
20. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. (KJV)

But after the many intercessions which Moses made for Israel to bring them back into favor with God, (Exodus 32:11-14, 31-35, 33:1-23) and another mountain top meeting with God, (Exodus 34:1-9) Moses was a changed man.

A while later it was said of Moses,

Numbers 12:3. Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. (KJV)

What a change is wrought in a person's life when they really and truly come into the presence of god.

Paul was a hot-headed persecutor of Christians before he met Jesus on the Damascus road.

Acts 9:1. And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the lord, went unto the high priest, (kjv)

His own testimony concerning his life before this meeting is preserved for us.

Acts 22:3b. ..., and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
4. And i persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. (KJV)

At that meeting on the Damascus road his zeal was not taken away but channeled into an overwhelming desire to please his lord and master Jesus Christ.

Fifteen years later,

Acts 20:22. And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
23. Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
24. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. (KJV)

In our text (John 2:17) Jesus had just made a whip of small cords and driven those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, along with the money changers, from the temple. The disciples could not understand what had come over him, and then they remembered,

John 2:17. And his disciples remembered that it was written, the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

I don't think they ever forgot it.
In everything that he did they remembered it.

Day after day driving himself,
disregarding his personal needs and wants.

Trudging mile after mile,
Visiting every city and village and hamlet,
Reaching for every soul,
Healing their sick,
Binding up the broken-hearted,
And preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God.                                 

Disregarding the dangers and venom of the scribes and Pharisees and Sadducees.

His zeal drove him until the cross consumed him. His body was so worn out that he did not have the strength to carry his cross to Calvary.

We read of his demands of his disciples to follow his example.                              

Most followed him in life and in death,
Forsaking houses,
And lands,
And families,
And by foot,
And by ship,
Traveling everywhere,
Preaching the gospel to every creature.

Zeal --- boiling for God

I think that Paul spake for all of them when he said,

Galatians 2:20. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (KJV)

The love of power had eaten Julius Caesar.
The love of the world had gotten Demas.
The love of praise turns many aside.

You hold in your hand power to light the fire to boil the pot.                                     

You hold the torch to kindle the flames.

Think about Christ Jesus.                                                                                           

What you think about determines which pot you boil.
Thinking evil of one another,
Letting your thoughts dwell on something
Someone said, or done, to you.                                                                                 

Letting our imagination make us believe that someone is out to get us.

These are the things that make us hot towards one another.

Think about Jesus,
Let us keep our mind on him,
Meditate on him.

It never fails to lead us to prayer,
Which brings consecration to him,
Which motivates us to work for him.


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