Consumed By Zeal


I am a foreigner to my own family, a stranger to my own mother’s children; for zeal for Your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on Me.
~Psalm 69:8-9, NIV


Zeal without knowledge is like a fire without light.

~Thomas Fuller

On the final week of Jesus ministry before His sacrifical death on the cross, He came to Jerusalem and went straight to the temple where He found people selling cattle, sheep and doves and others were sitting at tables exchanging money. Jesus made a whip out of ropes. He chased all the sheep and cattle from the temple area. He scattered the coins of the people exchanging money and he turned over their tables.  He told those who were selling doves, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” I would have loved being there and seeing this in person. His disciples saw it and it reminded them of Psalm 69:9,For zeal for Your house consumes me.”

The Greek word for zeal is ‘zēlos’ which comes from the root ‘zoe’, to heat, to boil, to burn up or consume. It is an interesting word that can be used in both a positive and negative sense. A husband could be ‘zelos’ toward his wife: he could be consumed by his love or his jealously. Zelos is used to describe both jealousy and love: indeed both are heated passions that can consume. When Jesus saw what the corrupt Priest were doing with His Father’s house, it burned Him up. Jesus got hot and they felt the ire of His wrath: they heard the LION of Judah roar. At present, we suffer with the LAMB but the LION is coming and His roar will be unmistakeable. This is another subject and worthy of deeper study.

The whole burnt offering was a picture of total consumption via extreme heat. Our passion for Jesus works like the consuming fire of the burnt offering; it burns up the bitterness, selfishness and worldliness in our lives. Our prayer today: “Abba Father, You are the Holy One, the consuming fire, may we be consumed by our love for Jesus. May all that is unchristlike be consumed by Your Spirit of Holiness.”

Another beautiful day, Thank YOU LORD Jesus.  We needed a little sunshine at 1120 Ironman. I have to take up the septic tank that did not work. The plastic was not thick enough and it collasped on me. Keith is bringing me two 55 gallon drums and they will work. I have used them before. Every time I put out a feeler for something: Keith comes up with it. Thank YOU LORD for Keith and Judy.

The LORD is better to me than I deserve. I went to the doctor in Athens yesterday. They X-rayed the knee and there is no damage. The doctor said you can spring a knee just as you can an ankle. It is getting better every day. The good news is no surgery. Obama care affected me yesterday, I assume. I didn’t get to see the doctor who did my other surgeries and the one I saw cost me $150 cash. Every time I say something about it, June tells me to hush, that I don’t know what I am talking about. I know it cost me $150 and it has something to do with Obama don’t care and I will complain if I want to. After all, I am a senior adult and an American. Complaining is what we do best.

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