Saturday, June 12, 2010

June 13, Sunday Devotion

June 13, Sunday Devotion
Matthew 21:1-11
1 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”
    4 This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, 5 “Tell the people of Israel, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.’”
    6 The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.
    8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven!”
    10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. 11 And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Quick Notes/Questions
All my life I grew up learning that people were shouting praise to Jesus, but that is NOT what this passage says.  They were not only surprised that Jesus was riding a colt, they were in uproar!  They asked who this person was who had the nerve to do something like this!  How does this understanding change your perception of this story?  Or does it change it?  Why or why not?
Quick Prayer
Lord, whatever I have taken for granted of you, please forgive me.  Amen.

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