Out with the Old, and in with the New
I’ve been going through the gospel of John, and this morning seeing something that lies beneath the surface of the written Word.
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. John 2:13. Here we see Jesus at the beginning of His ministry making His way to Jerusalem for the Passover. What is intriguing about the wording here is it is referred to as “the Passover of the Jews”. This observance had become infiltrated by mans religious nature, and our Lord expressed His displeasure. Moses saw this day in different Light, ‘Then on the fourteenth day of the first month shall be the LORD’S Passover.’ Numbers 28:16.
Zeal for a New House
And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.
And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables;
and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” John 2:14~16
As Jesus entered the Temple His zeal for purity, truth, and understanding was expressed physically. Demonstrating His zeal for the will of our Father. What we see here is Jesus clearing out the old traditions of men, and expressing Truth on a higher plane. His Word is for us today, and it is vital we see this inwardly, and understand our Father’s heart with new insight.
The Temple is symbolic, and can represent more than one point, but here we need to see that it represents our thinking, our interpretation of the Word. Each of us have incorrect understandings, traditions based upon inaccurate teaching, or the need to move into a deeper walk with our Lord.
We need a fresh start, one based upon a revelation from our Lord. Our ‘house’ needs to be cleansed of the old, and made new, our spirit must be washed by His Word. From this we will see Him in new Light.
Repentance is release, releasing us from what has bound us, and freeing us to move into a new, clearer and uplifting walk in our Lord. Repentance is often for what we are not yet. There is something very healthy in seeing ourselves as He sees us, and drawing nearer to Him, clinging to His garment, wrestling with Him until we receive more of His Life. There is always more, much more of Him to see, our old ways must be overcome by His Living Word. From this we see more clearly, and love more deeply our Lord and His Way of Life.
“His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.” John 2:17
May we embrace the Lord with increased zeal, to have our “house” truly become a house of prayer. For this is exactly what Jesus expressed to the Woman at the well.
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:23, 24