Preparing with Hope April 2, 2023
disciple: someone who follows Jesus and leads others to do the same.
Now read it again. Why did Jesus ride a donkey? What does it mean that he fulfilled what Zechariah prophesied? Would you have done what Jesus asked like the disciples? What do you think Jesus felt when the crowds were praising Him? How do those feelings contrast with how Jesus felt when he entered the temple courts? Who are you more like? The blind and lame? Or the chief priests and teachers of the law? Do you have any other questions? Write them down and allow God to speak into your wonder.
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4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 “Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” Jesus at the Temple
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[e] but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” 14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. 16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” 17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
The prophecy said Jesus would come gently riding a donkey. A horse would be more like a charge. Jesus wasn't coming to force anything. He was coming gently with a gift for us to receive from Him. I myself probably would have been concerned that they would think I am stealing the donkey. But as far as Jesus driving out the greedy from the temple and the children praising Him, I would have been comfortable with. God doesn't like people using the prices on things to a point where they are being greedy to make a huge profit for themselves and to also make things unaffordable to people who may have a need for the product. I had a thought come to me about Jesus driving the greedy out of the temple could be a picture of Him driving all the sin out of His temple, the church. (In 3 days He will raise this temple up.)
Jesus fulfilled the prophecy from the Old Testament when He road the donkey. He probably felt that He as God was being respected as God by the people. When He walked into the temple He felt they weren't respecting where they were, God's house.