1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge (Romans 10).
The word for “knowledge” here is not just any sort of knowledge, it is of the “precise and correct” sort. Thus, “zeal,” without “precise and correct knowledge”, is dangerous. Indeed, one can be 95% right, yet %100 wrong! The Jews were 95% right about God, yet completely missed their Messiah! Not only did they miss Him, but they killed Him. And not only did they kill Him, they let their enemies do it for them.
Let’s not forget what they did to Paul. In 2 Corinthians 11 he writes of “23 … imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods …” (2 Corinthians 11). Let’s also not forget what Paul himself did to Christians before his own conversion — “ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison” (Acts 8:3).
Thus, we are forced to ask ourselves, “Have I hurt others, due to my own misguided zeal for God?” More importantly, “Am I now hurting others, due to my own misguided zeal for God?”
Lord, help our zeal to be in accordance with precise and correct knowledge. Help us always — and especially This Day — to speak and live Your truth in love. Amen.