Sunday, August 16, 2009

Authentic Worship – The Triumphal Entry

Luke 19 (John 12:12-19, Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11)
[Worship is the act of showing adoration to one you consider to be worthy. Authentic worship occurs when we see God as he is, such that our thoughts and actions toward God, line up with the spiritual reality. All of the earliest worship experiences recorded in the Bible involved bowing down, to reverence God by humbling yourself. This is an outward reflection of the inward act of yielding your will to God's will.
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Not all acts of worship are authentic. When we worship things that are not God, or even when we honor God harboring other motives, or just with the outward expressions, not matched by a yielded heart, that is false worship.]
The Triumphal Entry

28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, 30 saying, "Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here.
31 And if anyone asks you, 'Why are you loosing it?' thus you shall say to him, 'Because the Lord has need of it.'"
32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. 33 But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, "Why are you loosing the colt?"
34 And they said, "The Lord has need of him." 35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. 36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road (II Kings 9:13).

[The symbolism of riding a donkey was to indicate peace instead of war, also fulfilled prophecy:

Zechariah 9: 9 " Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
      Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
      Behold, your King is coming to you;
      He is just and having salvation,
      Lowly and riding on a donkey,
      A colt, the foal of a donkey.
       10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
      And the horse from Jerusalem;
      The battle bow shall be cut off.
      He shall speak peace to the nations;
      His dominion shall be 'from sea to sea,
      And from the River to the ends of the earth.'


The passage combines the two views of Messiah one as the source of salvation or the Lamb of God, the other as the King who would evict the Roman army and rule Israel on the throne of David. Because they didn't fully understand Jesus' death and resurrection, some thought savior and King might be different messiahs. Zechariah clearly links the King of the Jews as the source of salvation. Still many Jews were not concerned about salvation, they just wanted a King to free them from the Romans at that time. We see that earlier in Luke 19:

11 Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.

So Jesus told them the parable of the minas to show that the king was going away for a while, but would return to judge his servants and the citizens his kingdom. Zechariah 14 tells of the second coming of the King, and that will not be peaceful, as this appearing. Putting down their clothing in the path of Jesus is similar to how the people greeted Jehu in II Kings 9 when he was made King of Israel. Matthew 21:8 also says they cut down palm branches and laid those down with the clothing which is why we now call the Sunday before the resurrection Palm Sunday. The Palm branches were also symbolic of the most joyous of all the Feasts of the Lord, and that is the Feast of Tabernacles or booths.

Leviticus 23:39Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath.  40And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.  41And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.  42Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:  43That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

The 7th month had 3 sacred feasts, Trumpets, Atonement, and concluding with Tabernacles where the celebrate God's provision both during the Exodus and the yearly harvest. During this feast of Tabernacles they would cut palm, willow and myrtle branches, and weaves them together to form a lean-too or booth, then they would live outside in the booths during the week-long feast.]

-- back in Luke 19 --
37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:
      "'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!' (Psalm 118:26)
      Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples."
40 But He answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out."

[So as Jesus was traveling in this procession riding the donkey, the crowd starts shouting praises

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

Peace in Heaven, glory in the highest

Hosanna to the son of David, Hosanna in the highest (Matthew 21)

Blessed is the kingdom of our father David, that comes in the name of the Lord (Mark)

Hosanna is the Greek form of the Hebrew word Yasha-na meaning "save now". Much of this praise comes from Psalm 118, a song sung during the procession for the Feast of Tabernacles.

Psalm 118

Open to me the gates of righteousness;
         I will go through them, (John 10:7,9 Jesus said I am the door of the sheep)
         And I will praise the LORD.
 20 This is the gate of the LORD,
         Through which the righteous shall enter.
 21 I will praise You,
         For You have answered me,
         And have become my salvation.
The stone which the builders rejected
         Has become the chief cornerstone.
 23 This was the LORD's doing;
         It is marvelous in our eyes.
 24 This is the day the LORD has made;
         We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Save now, I pray, O LORD;
         O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
         We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.
God is the LORD,
         And He has given us light;
         Bind (Heb. Acar – prepare) the sacrifice with cords (Heb. Aboth – cords or branches) to the horns of the altar.

Once a sacrifice was bound to the horns of the altar, it would be killed and the blood used to cleanse the altar, the priests, and the temple, to receive the offerings of sacrifice. Moved by the spirit this crowd sung the Psalm to Jesus showing him to be their king, their salvation, and the sacrifice for sins. To the Jews who wanted a King but not a sacrifice, and to those today who want a savior but not a Lord and King, this passage inseparably links the two. Jesus can only be your savior if he is also your King, he can only be a King to those he has saved. You cannot separate the two.

Authentic worship comes from those who receive Jesus as savior and Lord, yielding themselves to God's purpose, to glorify the Son.]

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