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Rev. Thomas E. Walker

December, 21 2003

“Fired up for Jesus”

John 2:17


Zeal is and interesting thing for there are different levels of Zeal. The first type of zeal is just straight acting of a fool.  Uncontrollable emotions having no regard to anything or anybody, in other word just being stooped, doing whatever they want to do without thinking. Most of the time this is done by excitement of the mind, maybe it’s the first time of doing or hearing something that causes the emotions to react without thinking about what they are doing.  Or sometime is just because of what others are doing around them.  The second type of zeal is doing things and thinking they are the right, because no one hast told you that they are wrong. Having an idea and thinking that idea is the way things are done. Not having knowledge of right from wrong, zeal without knowledge is dangers, there is nothing wrong with this type of zeal unless you are taught and then reject the teachings. You should always get it for your self don’t let anyone tell you something without checking it for yourself. The last type is having an excitement for something because you have studied it and you know what you know is the truth and you are willing to die for what you know. No matter what someone says or does you know and believe with every fiber in your body that it is the truth. You literally have the boldness to stand anywhere and tell someone what it is that you believe. And you believe in it so much that you can convince anyone to believe what you believe because you have truth about what you know. Zeal with knowledge is my pray, that every child of God would have Zeal with knowledge. Knowing the different between light and darkness and wheat from chaff and Heaven from Hell, my pray is that we all be fired up for the Lord Jesus with knowledge and understanding.  All false teaching comes from the lack of knowing the nature of God. 

The word Zeal is an dichotomy, now a dichotomy is a division or the process of dividing into two especially mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or entities[i]  Now the word in this text is the word Zelos which has a few meanings:

excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit. 1a zeal, ardour in embracing, pursuing, defending anything. 1a1 zeal in behalf of, for a person or thing. 1a2 the fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal. 1b an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy.

It comes from the word:

[ii] to boil with heat, to be hot. 1a used of water. 1b metaph. 1b1 used of boiling anger, love, zeal, for what is good or bad etc. 1b2 fervent in spirit, said of zeal for what is good.

Now listen to what the text is saying:

And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

The excitement of my mind, zeal of thine house has eaten me up

Ardour or hard to accomplish zeal of thine house has eaten me up

Jealousy zeal of thine house has eaten me up


1. Foolish Zeal

2. Ignorance Zeal

3. The Lords Zeal

1.    Foolish Zeal

        a. Foolishness is lacking in sense, judgment, or discretion

a.    most of the time people will do things just because they see someone else doing it.

b.    Monkey see monkey do

c.     Defending anything

d.    Much of the stuff that goes on in the Church that has nothing to do with the bible.

e.    People are saying things about God that are not true and can not be found in the bible

II.                God is a man

III.             Jesus wants me to be rich

IV.            Jesus has children

f.      Pastors are adding and taking away from the word of God

g.    And because the Pastors are doing it so are the people.

2.    Ignorance Zeal

a.    is defined as destitute of knowledge or education an ignorant society; also : lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified parents ignorant  of modern mathematics

                                                             i.      resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence ignorant errors[iii]

b.    Ignorance is acceptable only if you if the individual is will to except education.


c.     There folks who will listen and after further investigation will heed to what was found.

d.    The is only one final detonator when it comes to the word of God and that is the B.I.B.L.E.

e.    Never allow someone to tell you about the scripture without showing you in context of scripture

f.      I can go throw this Bible and make it say anything I want it to say but I will be out of context.

3.    The Lords Zeal

a.    Jesus had zeal with all knowledge of who God is

b.    Jesus upset with the priest had let the temple go

I.                  The disciples remember what had been written in the Psalms 96:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

II.              Psalm 119:139 (KJV)
139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

c.     When David was being hunted by Saul because The Lord had anointed him to be King.

d.    The Lord Zeal is to do the will of him who sent him

e.    Jesus new what they had try to do to the temple

f.      Because of his zeal, because he Loved God, because he did not let them miss use the house of God

g.    They sought to kill him

h.    His Zeal for God got him killed

i.       And Gods zeal for man kind got Jesus kill

j.       God had knowledge of what can happen to mankind if we who die and go to Hell

k.     It grieved God to know where we were headed

l.        That’s why he said He loved the world that whosoever believe

m. So he was fire up about saving lives

n.    So when the time was right

We ought not to do things just because

We ought to know why, ask questions,

lookup some things for your self

Get fired up about knowing Jesus

Jesus got fired up about you



[i]Merriam-Webster, Inc. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Includes index. 10th ed. Springfield, Mass., U.S.A.: Merriam-Webster, 1996, c1993.

[ii]Strong, James. The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible : Showing Every Word of the Test of the Common English Version of the Canonical Books, and Every Occurence of Each Word in Regular Order. electronic ed., G2204. Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship., 1996.

[iii]Merriam-Webster, Inc. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Includes index. 10th ed. Springfield, Mass., U.S.A.: Merriam-Webster, 1996, c1993.

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