Daily Devotions


Day 312

"The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on me."

Text: Romans 15:3


John was one of the closest disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was one of the members of the “inner three circle” (Peter, James and John). In his gospel, he recorded an incident when Jesus cleansed the temple (Cf. John 2:13-22). John made the following note.

“Then His disciples remembered that it was written,
‘Zeal for Your house has eaten me up.'”
John 2:17

1. The zeal of the Lord Jesus was noted.

2. The text of Psalm 69:9 was in mind when John wrote these words.


Paul’s contribution to the literature of the New Testament was not another gospel. The four gospels were sufficient! However, Paul had very significant insights to offer. His understanding of Psalm 69:9 was a little different. (Both interpretations are valid). Let us first look at the full text.

“Because zeal of Your house has eaten me up,
And the reproaches of those who reproach You
have fallen on Me.”
Psalm 69:9

1. The zeal of Christ was not disputed

The zeal of Christ was most evident. In every area of life and ministry, Christ displayed great zeal.

2. The reproaches of those who reproach You

a) John did not highlight this aspect.
b) Paul read into the reaction of the detractors of Jesus.
i) “The Jews” reacted strongly against Jesus (Cf. John 2:18).
ii) These would be the people who were in charge of the temple business.
iii) When they saw Jesus cleansing the temple they resented His actions.
iv) Paul suggested that they were reproachful (this was not recorded in the Gospel but this conclusion is valid… for “The Jews” plotted and schemed to destroy Jesus).
v) Paul went on further to say that their reproach was against God Himself… but Christ bore these reproaches… for He did not seek to please Himself.