Last week, we looked at the prophecy that God’s temple would become a den of robbers. The Old Testament also prophesied that the Messiah would be consumed with zeal for God’s temple.
Old Testament Prophecy
for zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me. [Psalm 69:9 NIV]
New Testament Fulfillment
Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. [Matthew 21:12 NIV]
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” [John 2:13-17 NIV]
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