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April 14, 2019

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Reading along with us in Matthew? Here’s today’s reading:

Matthew 21 (ESV)

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. ....Continue Reading

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  1. Matthew 24…”similar to the book of Revelation. This was Jesus’s foretelling of the end of days. I prefer his word or version vs John’s dream/vision of the end although very similar.”

  2. What would you or I be doing if we knew we had a week to live? What would we be doing if we knew certain things we did or places we could be would bring us closer to death or further away? Jesus knows full well that He is going to be handed over to die. He knew the passover would be the time. But rather than shirking away from the places and activities that would lead to His demise, He jumped right in with both feet. He was not ashamed about who He was, even though who He was would upset the power brokers of His time. The triumphal entry was such a bold statement of who Jesus believed He was. He accepted praise as the son of David. He declared by His actions that HE was the king of the Jews. But that flew right in the face of those who had the authority and wanted to keep it.

    And if riding into Jerusalem on a donkey wasn’t enough of an in your face action, he goes into the temple and turns over tables disrupting and declaring wrong the very things the priests and Pharisees clearly had condoned as right. He then challenges the chief priests and elders on the nature of His authority by challenging their rejection of John the Baptist. See He answers their question by not answering their question but by posing a different one., which leaves them with egg on tier face. And then He tells two Parables that casts them in a negative light. They knew it. Th people probably knew it. And yet it is just Jesus embracing the course of action that would lead to His death. And I am just struck by the reality of whether I would do that if I knew it was leading to me being killed.

    Clearly Jesus knew that there were higher purposes being fulfilled here and for the joy set before Him in the result that would come from HIs obedience He did everything to show that He is fully vested. Bring it on He says…and He will do it all week.

  3. When studying this in Luke for our women’s Bible study, I feared for those questioning Jesus’ authority. What happens to those who brazenly question the Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

    The vineyard is always Israel. In Luke 20 when Jesus says the vineyard will be given to others, the people cry out, “God forbid!” They knew exactly what He was saying.

  4. Knowing that His time had come, Jesus becomes even more direct in terms of who He is and challenging the Pharisees…..

    37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”
    42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
    “‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
    this was the Lord’s doing,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

  5. Matthew 21:18-19 (ESV)
    18  In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. 19  And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.

    I was thinking about this event. Mark clearly explains that this fig tree was in full bloom Mark 11:12-14. From what I understand, when the leaves are in full bloom, the expectation is that they should have some fruit but none existed. Jesus curses this tree probably not because he is starving and angry that he could not find food; rather the barren fig tree is symbolic of Israel’s religious leaders who look productive but have zero fruit. This lesson is drawn out in the parables that follow in this chapter and the next couple of chapters.

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