There is a whole section of debate about whether Jesus cleansed the temple twice or one time. But for me that’s not significant,
Regardless once or twice, He cleansed the temple with lots of passion.
He made a whip of cord,
He drove the merchants out,
He poured out the money,
He overturned the temple.
Oh, to see the Savior in full action! After that the disciples remembered a verse from an old Psalm “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” (John 2:19 & psalms 69:9).
If anything, we can so relate with Jesus’s humanity, it is this passion. We all do have a zeal alright! But for what, how, and when do we have zeal, that matters! Does the zeal of God’s house eat us up alive? When we see corruption, error, or issues in our place of worship, are we willing to overthrow the tables and prove our zeal? Most often than not, we remain silent, maintaining our best diplomatic voice and face, and call it grace. I am not against grace, of course if it’s not for grace, I will be a treacherous sinner. But I am afraid, Christians apply grace in places that requires zeal, and zeal in places that needs grace, both will be critical mistakes.
David at the end of his life, after his innocent beginning, his adultery, his forgiveness, his redemption, knowing the full circle of life, writes, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” Not sure if he meant literally the temple he longed to build or figuratively about his body, I say both are important. Live in zeal for the temple of God, yet never forget you carry a temple in you. “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,” (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Strain to keep the body pure in its imperfect state.
With a zeal defend anything that might cause it to become a den of thieves.
Overturn the tables of any sensory inputs that might corrupt this temple we carry.
Pour out the materialistic ideology that might entrap our mind.
And let’s all in one accord live with a zeal as our Savior lived.