March 13, 2017: SOAP #2657: Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4 Scripture: Galatians (NIV) 4:17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them. 18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and [...]

March 13, 2017: SOAP #2657: Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4

Scripture: Galatians (NIV) 4:17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them.
18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.

Observation: After Paul had moved on from Galatia, people came trying to convince them that they needed to keep the Jewish law to please God. They presented their arguments with emotion. They were 'zealous.' They wanted the Galatians to be 'zealous,' to be emotionally attached to them and the Jewish law.

Paul says it is ok to be emotionally attached, but one must be careful to what one is emotionally attached.

The crowds calling for Jesus' crucifixion were zealous. But it is very likely that many of them had relatives or acquaintances who had been healed by Jesus. It is not out of the realm of possibility to think that some of them had even eaten bread and fish provided by Jesus. Yet now, motivated by religious leaders, they were zealous for His death.

Application: I need to be careful about what I let emotionally motivate me. Television news often shows people zealously marching and shouting prepared slogans for some cause. Then when a reporter individually interviews some of them, they really do not understand the issue! They have been caught up in the emotion. I need to remember: 'It is fine to be zealous provided the purpose is good.'

Prayer: Lord, it is always good to be zealous for You! May my love for you be easily recognized and become well known. Amen

Pastor Leon
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