And His disciples remembered that it is written: Zeal for Your house will consume Me.
• Jesus was (is) zealous for God’s house. After Jesus was risen from the dead and went back to heaven, God’s house became Jesus’ church. Two thoughts come to mind: Christians are to imitate Jesus and so zeal for God’s house should consume us:
“The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked.”, 1 John 2:6 HCSB
• By the way, I am pretty sure this is the most challenging scripture in the entire Bible!
• The second thought is the following scripture:
““This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you — you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat? ’ or ‘What will we drink? ’ or ‘What will we wear? ’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”, Matthew 6:25-34 HCSB
• Specifically “But seek first the kingdom of God”. So in other words zeal for God’s house should consume us because we are to imitate Jesus and because we are commanded to be consumed with God’a house (His kingdom).
So the Jews replied to Him, “What sign of authority will You show us for doing these things? ” Jesus answered, “Destroy this sanctuary, and I will raise it up in three days.” Therefore the Jews said, “This sanctuary took 46 years to build, and will You raise it up in three days? ” But He was speaking about the sanctuary of His body. So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this. And they believed the Scripture and the statement Jesus had made.”, John 2:..-22 HCSB