Psalm 69 is called a Messianic Psalm. Psalm 69:9 says, “For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.”
This verse foretold of something that Jesus would do when he came to the earth.
The event is mentioned in all four gospels. However, John’s gospel is the most descriptive. Here is the scene of the fulfillment. I encourage you to picture this in your mind.
The Passover of the Jews was at hand. All activity in the temple of God was going on as usual. The merchants had set up tables. Their coinage was perhaps in a container of some sort. The animals were milling around. Jesus walked in and viewed the scene. His passionate zeal for his Father’s house rose up to take them all to task.
John 2:14-17 says, “In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’”
How can we apply this to our own lives? The Lord is not pleased when we use his Church for our personal gain. He has called us to worship him alone, and not to exploit others in his name.
Father, thank you for calling us to worship you in spirit and in truth. May we honor you in all our ways, as we gather in your name to proclaim your glory and as we scatter to glorify you throughout the week. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Throughout This Day: We, as believers, are the temple of God. God himself dwells in each of us by his Holy Spirit. How does this truth encourage you to live in a manner worthy of God today?
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