Zealous One

“Phineas . . .has turned back My wrath, from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with My zeal among them, so that I did not consume the children of Israel in My zeal.” Numbers 25:11

For some reason, the word “zeal” scares me a little. But maybe the lack of zeal is what should really scare me.

Thank You, O God, for sending us Your zealous Son to be pierced for our sins, turning back the outcome of a life apart from You. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Turning Back

Zealous for His Father
Jesus never once
compromised holiness
compassionately cleansing
the plague
of our flesh.


  1. ‘Zeal is the humble, reverent, businesslike, single-minded commitment to the hallowing of God’s name and the doing of his will.’ J. I. Packer

    From one of my favorite books, ‘A Passion for Faithfulness’.

  2. I liked this poem. Zeal in the right place is a good thing. I have written some on zeal…that for a number of years mine was misplaced. Thank you so much for pointing out that the Lord’s zeal is always in the right place.

    I also am glad that Jesus was perfectly holy so we could be cleansed! πŸ™‚


  3. Oh Mike…that’s a wonderful quote. Much better than what the dictionary said. I need me plenty of zeal! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for adding that here and for the book title it came from. Need me some good books too! πŸ™‚ God bless you and your zeal for Him!

  4. Theresa . .. that’s it! I think it’s the misplaced zeal that can be scary. Thank you so much for sharing that!
    This part of scripture was a little hard. And I keep wanting to be encouraging. πŸ™‚ Phineas drove a spear through the man and his wife . . .Lord, help me please!
    Oh that I may let my sins be speared through with Jesus than be consumed by them.
    p.s. I loved your comment on Ben’s Justified Freely site. Wonderful!
    God bless you and shine His face upon you and yours today!

  5. Great quote!

  6. Hey girl . . . remember . . .time to relax! πŸ™‚ hugs and prayers!

  7. Thanks, Deb

    “Jesus never once
    compromised holiness …”

    May we always be reminded of who we are and the example that He set for us. Hard, but we can learn to avoid compromising on the things He’s set before us.

    Praying I’ll be zealous for Him and the things that bring honour to His name.


  8. Combining zeal/holiness/compassion is a tall order. So thankful that He is not only our example but our helper too. πŸ™‚
    God bless you in each moment that requires zealous compassion.

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