Lenten Blog – 3/23/2018
This coming Sunday begins Holy Week. The Old Testament reading for this Sunday is this prophecy of Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday from the prophet Zechariah.
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:9-10)
Zechariah wrote this book as they were rebuilding the Temple after the exile around 500 BC. They were finishing rebuilding the Temple but they had no kingdom or country. They also had no king. This passage was a prophecy about the Messiah who would be a king but they should have known he would be different when thinking about him entering Jerusalem on a donkey. Somehow the people expected or maybe even wanted a King like every other, who ruled by might and power. When they shouted “Hosanna” (it means ‘save us’) they wanted someone to save them from the Romans and the troubles of the world. There are times when I wish God would use a little more of his power with all of the issues of the world.
Jesus came bringing salvation for the people but not as they expected from their enemies, but to be made right with God himself. He came to bring peace from sea to sea and a Kingdom that runs to the ends of the earth.
In Christ’s Service,