In human experience, God’s fire translates into passion, the type of passion we saw in Jesus. Perhaps He wasn’t only passionate in His words. When Jesus was going to Jerusalem for the last time, we read that He was walking ahead of His disciples. They saw how He urged Himself onward.
“Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid.” (Mark 10:32)
Why? Somehow the fires in His soul were evident in the way He walked. When they arrived, Jesus saw the desecration of the temple. The disciples then had further evidence of His passionate feeling. His reaction turned Him into an awesome figure. The disciples were reminded of the words of Psalm 69:9: “Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up.” But it was love anger, not a cold fury.
Jesus wasn’t a frenzied fanatic. He loved His Father’s house, that’s all. It was his desire to see people in the temple, worshipping with freedom and happiness. But commercialism in the temple had spoiled all that. His heart overflowed like a volcano. The fire of the Holy Spirit in His soul made Him cleanse the temple. His actions were frightening, and many fled from the scene because of them.
The children, the blind and the lame stayed, though, and He healed them (Matt. 21:14-16). That was what He had wanted to do, anyway, and that was the reason His anger achieved furnace heat. His indignation aimed for joy.
Jesus got the children singing, “Hosanna!” This was the only occasion in Scripture where excitement about God was rebuked, the only time a hush was demanded in the courts of the Lord. The silence was demanded by the Pharisees—the praise of the Lord was drowning the tinkling of their commercial tills. Money music was muted! This was all part of the picture of the fire of the Lord. God bless you.
~ REINHARD BONNKE