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Zeal for His glory

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 5 months ago | 1804 views Link: https://goo.gl/fPonkG

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In chapter 2 of John’s gospel, he records the wedding at Cana when Jesus turns the water into the best wine the master of the feast has ever had.  John says this is the beginning of signs and that Jesus manifested His glory.

Then John tells us that Jesus went up to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.  He found in the temple those who sold animals for sacrifice.  Jesus made a whip of cords and drove them out of the temple.  He poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.

He told them to take the things away and not make His Father’s house a house of trade.  John says His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”  Here it appears that Jesus is concerned for His Father’s house and thus His glory. 

The temple had represented the place where God dwelt.  In previous years, God’s glory had rested on the Tabernacle in the wilderness and then later on the temple after it was built.  It was the place of God’s glory. 

The physical structure was important and should not have been desecrated.  Therefore, Jesus drove out those who were doing so.  But the physical structure was destroyed by the Romans about 40 years later.  However, the glory of God could never be destroyed.  Zeal for His house had behind it the zeal for His glory.  Jesus was concerned that the image of God and His glory not be marred.  He acted in such a way as to glorify His Father.

What an example there is for us in this incident!  We no longer have that temple.  We are told instead that God dwells in His people.  Paul asks whether we know that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Certainly we are concerned for taking care of our bodies.  We feed and clothe them and take medicine to preserve them.  But the real question is whether we are more concerned for His glory.  Do we have the zeal for His glory that motivates us to act in ways that don’t mar His glory?  Can we speak up for Him in difficult situations as Jesus did with the folks in the temple?

Are we willing to take drastic steps to ensure that we are not marring His image in our words and actions?  Do even our thoughts and attitudes reflect His glory? 

Admittedly, we fall short in being able to answer those questions strongly in the affirmative.  That’s why we need a Savior and that’s why He came.  May we seek to glorify Him in all things. May we thank Him for His forgiveness when we don’t.

Dale

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Jeremy Sturdivant

Thank you Dale. This is a good word. It reminds of a quote by Calvin who said, “A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.” May the Lord grant us an all consuming passion for His glory.

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