Manna in the Morning

April 2, 2009

Manna in the Morning

04-03-09

Zechariah 9:9, Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!  Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem!

See, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

            This coming Sunday is the day known as Palm Sunday in the more liturgical churches.  In the Catholic and Episcopal churches you may receive a strip of palm frond to remind you to the day Jesus entered Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey.  The one who was to provide redemption to all men, rode into the City, not in triumph on a horse, as a conqueror or victorious general or King, that will come later, but on a donkey.  In the Old Testament the judges and prophets often rode on a donkey and their position reminded those that saw them of justice and fairness in their mediation of disputes and quarrels. 

            Jesus entered Jerusalem and as soon as He reached the Temple area, He cleansed the courtyard of the merchants and vendors who took advantage of those who had to buy their animals and wares for sacrifices and offerings.  In a righteous anger at their overcharging and deceptive practices Jesus cleansed the area of them.  He judged in righteousness when He rebuked the religious leaders and Jesus alwys spoke with the authority of one who knew the intents of the Scriptures, even beyond their written words.

            When Nehemiah reset the gates in the newly rebuilt walls of Jerusalem 483 years before, he started God’s calendar for the Israelite Nation to be able to recognize the Promised One when He came to them.  Daniel 9:25, Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince will be seven sevens and 62 sevens. (of years.)  The awaited seventieth ‘seven’ is yet to come before the coming of The Promised One as the Triumphant King.  The intervening time is the age of the Church, when God does not deal directly with the Israelite people-group. 

            The Scribes and other scholars of Scripture should have recognized the clear signs in the prophets of Jesus’ birth and entry into Jerusalem.  Today, there are Biblical students and pastors who do not understand the times and signs leading to the coming of Jesus, but on this Palm Sunday, let’s worship and sing Hosanna to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords because we love Him and want to give Him glory for what He has done in our lives.  Our gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for your glory, we say Hosanna to you this and every day.  In Jesus’ name we pray.

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