Matthew 21-22 & Psalm 141
Substituting for Pastor Jeremiah today is guest blogger Audrey E.
Mt. 21:1-11 is known as "The Triumphal Entry." Fulfilling prophecy, Jesus enters into Jerusalem, officially offering Himself to the nation as King (Zech. 9:9). The leaders reject Him but it appears the people of the city respond in worship; waving garlands, shouting Hosanna. But looking closer and we see it is superficial worship for they don't acknowledge Who He truly is. They aren't worshipping Him as God-Savior or King-Messiah. Look at their response to the question "Who is this?" (Matt. 21:10). They say, "This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee." (verse 11). He is way more than that!
With justified authority, He cleanses the Temple for the second time. The first time was at the beginning of His ministry (John 2:13-17) and here it is nearing the end. The national leaders' hate for Jesus is revealed in their questioning His authority (MT.21:23-27). Stop & ponder. How are we responding to the authority God has put in our lives? (Prov. 21:1; Romans 13:1-7)
Jesus quotes prophecies about Himself as the Stone rejected (Ps. 118:22-23) showing the kingdom of God in the larger sense of spiritual light & salvation would be taken from the Jews and given to the Gentiles (Rom. 9:30-33; 11:1-24). The parable of the Marriage Feast (Matt. 22:1-14) shows how the King and the kingdom were offered to the nation but were refused. "All things ready" hints at the death of Christ and the salvation benefits. Thank Him for those benefits today.