“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
For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up…” The earthly house, the temple, in all of its magnificence was but a blue print of the spiritual house of the Father, His Son, and all of the living precious stones, made up of elect, chosen sinners from every age, time, and place, for whom Christ came and earned and established a righteousness for them, and on whom they are laid as their one true foundation, and Chief cornerstone- 1 Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:19, 20. When our Lord Jesus entered into the earthly temple, His zeal (ardor or jealous disposition) was manifest in his indignation against those that made it a house of merchandise. Like so many today, they made merchandise of what was a type of the pure, unadulterated Gospel of Christ, and His redeeming work for sinners, having perverted it to their own ruin, Galatians 1:6-12. The zeal of Christ for His Father’s spiritual house inflamed him and caused him to drive out the buyers and sellers in it, as was accomplished in John 2:14. It is that same zeal for the salvation of his people that drove our LORD unwaveringly to the cross to pay the sin debt for His people, fulfilling every requirement as their Surety, doing the will of the Father that sent Him. The ardent jealousy was for the glory of the Father who gave Him the sinners He should redeem and justify by His obedience unto death.
“and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me:” If the LORD Jesus paid our sin debt, it was for rebels and reproachful sinners that He laid down His life, Romans 15:1. Our LORD Jesus bore those reproaches against His person, doctrine, and work. Such was His zeal for the glory of His Father’s house (sinners chosen by grace) to lay down His life and pay their sin debt, without hesitation, until the work was complete and He cried victoriously, ‘It is finished.’
The true church of God today must reflect the same zeal of its Head. His Spirit grants us an affection for the clear distinctive preaching and exaltation of Christ alone, and worship of God through Him. How such ardor is necessary today against the traditions, superstition, and will worship of men and against the vices and corruptions of professors of religion, the modern day Scribes and Pharisees, preachers of man’s ‘righteousness’, and not of God-Philippians 3:1-3.
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