Christ’s Zeal for the House of the Lord

Christ’s Zeal for the House of the Lord

Quoted in: John 2:17; 15:25 and Romans 15:3

For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach, that dishonor has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s sons.
For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. When I wept and humbled my soul with fasting, it became my reproach. When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them. I am the talk of those who sit in the gate, and the drunkards make songs about me.
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. Psalm 69:7-13 ESV

This is a Messianic psalm, an imprecatory psalm, and after Psalms 22 and 110 the most frequently quoted psalm in the New Testament.
The word “reproach” is repeated six times in this psalm. Think of this in relationship to Christ’s life on earth.


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