My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Sunday, June 24, 2007

Matthew 21

Hosanna

Summary:
Jesus told the disciples to get a donkey, and he rode into Jerusalem on it, as people praised him and proclaimed him as Messiah.

In Jerusalem, Jesus went nuts in the temple courts because it had become to materialistic. The kids praised him, but the authorities didn't like it.

Jesus cursed a tree that didn't bear fruit. He did it by faith.

Jesus avoided a question about his authority and said that it's better to do what is right, then to say what is right. He said the current authorities were like tenants, who instead of giving their landlord the profits he deserves, killed the messengers, even if they were the landlord's son.

Key verse:
9. "Hosanna to the Son of David!"
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Hosanna in the highest!"

My thoughts:
Jesus' triumphant entry is present in all Gospels, which is a rare event. It seems to be a significant step in his recognition as being the Messiah, ultimately leading to his death for blasphemy.

So Jesus seems to go out of his way to fulfil Zech. 9:9.

This expression "Hosanna" is only found in this story of the Bible, though is consistently found in three of the gospels. It is an expression of praise, and it appears to be a subtle but clear (yes, I just said subtle but clear...) indication of Messianic properties. It got the authorities riled up when the kids were saying it.

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