Isaiah 42:13 says, “The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies.” Let me capture a scene of His zeal.
John 2:13-17 was the scene. Jesus saw what was taking place in the temple. Verse 15 says, “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 changer’s money and overturned the tables.”
At that moment He fulfilled Psalm 69:9. It says, “Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on Me.” The fleshly activity in God’s house brought reproach.
Jesus bore the reproach of our sins when He hung on the cross. Romans 15:1 is our mandate for this hour in history. It says, “We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”
Verse 3 says, “For even Christ did not please Himself…” Paul then quoted Psalm 69:9. The Lord’s name is being reproached by those who have set themselves against this country—from within and without.
Will we take up His mantle to intercede? In Galatians 1:10 Paul set an example for us. It says, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”