Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Saturday, 29th June, 2024


Text: “When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise! Then His disciples remembered that it was written, The Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” – John 2:15-17 (NKJV).

Comment: Long before the earthly advent of Jesus Christ, the Psalmist foretold how he would be zealous and courageous, “For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me” (Psalm 69:9; 119:139); from childhood, Christ did his Father’s business zealously when he held Doctors of the Law spellbound for three days (Luke 2:46-49); in another instance he told his Apostles, “…my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:32, 34; Job 23:12). Christ was righteously angered to see traders and money changers reproach God’s Holy Name by debasing His house of prayer, hence the furious exchange in the text above; God’s worshippers are spiritually obligated to condemn sin in all its ramifications: Prophet Jeremiah stated, “Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood” – Jeremiah 48:10.

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