Awesome Bible Concepts (ABC)

ABC: Zealous for Zion

The previous ABC posts are entitled: Walk Wisely, Worship Well, eXtra Portion of His eXcellent Spirit, and Your Savior Yearns for You. And today’s final ABC post is Zealous for Zion.

Zealous for Zion? The term “Zion” is another name for the city of Jerusalem, but it can also refer to the entire people of Israel.  Haman the Agagite hated the Jewish people simply because Mordecai, a certain Jew, would not bow to him at the king’s gate. This one act of defiance by Mordecai infuriated Haman; thus, his heart sought revenge. With the king’s permission, he used his anger to devise a wicked plan that would not only kill Mordecai, but would also bring about the complete annihilation of the Jewish people. He was zealous to destroy God’s kingdom, Zion. But as always, God’s loving power is greater than man’s evil schemes. God purposefully placed Queen Esther, also a Jew, for such a time as this to intervene and prohibit Haman from killing the Jewish people. So “Zion” lives on; but Haman, on the other hand, was hung from the very gallows he intended for Mordecai. (See Esther 3:1-15, 7:3-10)

Zealous for Zion! On the other hand, there was a prophet of old who spoke God’s word to His people. He declared with fervor, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet.” (Isaiah 62:1). When Isaiah spoke, he was filled with the Spirit of God; he accurately portrayed God’s intentions towards His people, both in judgment and redemption. Through Isaiah, God promised that the suffering Zion (and all God’s people to this day) would inherit new names such as these: Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord, and Sought After (Isaiah 62:12). These new names were inherited by any and all who claim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus Himself made this possible by His sacrifical death on the cross.

When looking at Haman and Isaiah, Haman’s heart was plotting desctruction, while Isaiah’s heart was preaching salvation. Haman was promoting hatred of a people group, while Isaiah was promoting the love of God. Haman died an unwilling but deserving death “on a tree”; Isaiah spoke of Jesus, who died a willingly but undeserving death “on a tree.”

Who am I today, the self-seeking-Haman, or the Christ-proclaiming-Isaiah? I must make a choice, and then live with the consequence or the blessing.

O God, first I want to thank You for Your zeal for me! YOU did not keep silent. Heaven opened and Jesus came. You gave Your life so that I could be called “Holy, Redeemed, Sought After.” Thank You! Now I ask that Your zealous love would consume me. Help me to put my self agenda down, and pick Your beautiful will up. Fill me, speak to me; please, I want to be Your mouthpiece for Your people. Amen.