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Days 15-17: His Zeal. His Humility. His Betrayal
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 17th, 2013

Day 15: Consumed by Zeal

Psalm 69:9 For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. 

John 2:13–17 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 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. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 
There is something about passion that is very hard to contain. People can be passionate about different things. Some are passionate about sports. For others, they are passionate about politics. Still others are passionate about conserving the environment. There is something about human nature that desires to be passionate about a cause. Well there is no cause more worthy than God’s cause.

Jesus, son of David, Son of God was passionate about His Father’s house. He walked into the temple and saw that it was filled with all kinds of commercial endeavors that profited from a particular religious market that existed around the temple. In fact, there is still a religious market that is taken advantage of be commercial interests in our times. But Jesus (of Whom the temple was a representation), was overtaken by the zeal for God’s house. He was consumed by passion. He was irate and vexed at the flaccid faith and reverence to something very symbolic that pointed to something very real and manifested right before their eyes.

He walked into the temple and began to over turn tables and drive out livestock and merchants from the His Father’s house. This is the fulfillment of this particular Messianic prophecy. Not only did the scripture foresee His ministry, birth and lineage, but it also foresaw His passion and temperament about the things of God.

Day 16: Riding upon a colt

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 

Matthew 21:1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” 
God is the High and lofty One. He is the Most High. Of course, in Jesus He lowered Himself. However, you would still think that there would be something regal about Jesus from an earthly standpoint at least once. But, that is not the nature of the Kingdom of God. It is the nature of earthly kings. Jesus plainly said that His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36).

One of the reasons that Jesus was not accepted by His own was because He was not regal enough. He was not violent enough. He was not interested at all in the political climate of Israel in regard to Roman rule. He didn’t seem to have the pedigree of what the religious establishment expected from the Messiah. But, they should have believed Him because of His words and His mighty deeds. On a technicality, many did not believe He was the Messiah.

In keeping to this non-regal, non-earthly Kingship, Jesus performs what is now known as the Triumphal Entry on an untamed colt. He did not ride on a white horse like an earthly king. He did not ride on anything that was close to being a thoroughbred or appealing. He did not ride on anything that was tamed (this in and of itself is a miracle). There was no saddle. The disciples provided a makeshift saddle out of clothes. He rides into Jerusalem and He is greeted by those who were able to look past His outward plainness and see the glory and splendor of this King. They call out to Him “Hosanna in the Highest.” Hosanna was more or less a praise, but it’s original meaning in Aramaic was “save, I pray.” This  is an acknowledgment that He was the Savior.

Day 17: Betrayed by a Friend 

Psalm 41:9 Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me. 

John 13:18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 
How many times has mankind betrayed the heart of God? Did it not start in the Garden of Eden when Adam betrayed the first and most important relationship that he ever had? Mankind has a history of betrayal when it comes to the heart of God. We are sinners and every sin that is committed by everyone is an offense against the very heart of God. It seems immoral, but it is our nature. It is the very reason why we need a Savior. It is the very reason that we need to repent of our sins. This is what we do!

This sheds some light on what happened to Jesus. It is prophetic. It is a message to all of us. It is cruelty that is reflective of what we would do without His grace. The bible predicted that Messiah would be betrayed by someone that was close to Him. You see in ancient Israel, eating with someone was a way to gain trust and it was a sign of favor. The mere fact that someone that you ate with would actually rise up and betray you was the lowest of the low. Herein we see ourselves again. This is the state where God found us in salvation. We were all the lowest of the low.

Judas Iscariot was concerned about the nation of Israel being liberated from Roman rule. He therefore had his own version of the Messiah in his mind when he decided to betray Jesus. When the True Messiah did not meet his lesser expectations, he decided to profit from his relationship with Him. Oh how many times have we decided to profit from God? If we can’t get everything we want from God, many times we will make sure we get something.


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