Matthew Lesson 21 Day 5 and Day 6

Bedouin's donkey by Andrew Dowsett CC

Study of Matthew 21:1-17; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19 ~ My answers to BSF study questions

11.  a.  When instructing the disciples about bringing the colt, Jesus said, “If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” While it is possible Jesus knew the owners, I believe it is more likely part of the word of knowledge about where to find the donkey and the colt. Jesus frequently displayed knowledge of men’s thoughts and intentions.

It seems more likely (to me) the owners of the animals knew who Jesus was and were willing to supply Him with anything He requested. Perhaps they or someone close to them ate dinner among the thousands fed miraculously. Or perhaps they received a miraculous healing.  

Perhaps the owners even knew his donkey would be used to fulfill Zechariah 9:9.

b.  Those who praised Jesus when He entered Jerusalem—

c.  The groups who objected when people praised Jesus—

  • “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.— Matthew 21:15 NIV 
  • Pharisees in the crowd— Luke 19:39
  • Pharisees— Luke 12:19

d.  Words of praise from these passages—

  • “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” John 12:13 NIV
  • “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:38 NIV
  • “Hosanna to the Son of David,” Matthew 21:15 NIV

What a scene that must have been! A brief taste of heaven on earth!

12. Psalm 69:9—For zeal for Your house has consumed me, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. NASB

Zechariah 9:9—Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. NASB

Isaiah 62:11—Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth,
Say to the daughter of Zion, “Lo, your salvation comes;
Behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.” NASB

2 Kings 9:13—Then they hurried and each man took his garment and placed it under him on the bare steps, and blew the trumpet, saying, “Jehu is king!”  (This verse demonstrates that the way they welcomed Jesus was a customary way to welcome a king.) NASB

Psalm 118:25–26—O Lord, do save, we beseech You;
O Lord, we beseech You, do send prosperity!
26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord;
We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.” NASB

“Hosanna means “save now.” It was more than a cry of acclamation. Essentially, it was a plea from an oppressed people to their Savior for deliverance. Later it came to be a standard shout of praise. Ps. 188:25,26 from which the quote comes, is messianic; therefore the people were publicly acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah.” Note on Matthew 21:9 in NKJV of Spirit Filled Life Bible. 

Leviticus 23:40—Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the [a]foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. NASB

Deuteronomy 18:15, 18—“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him. NASB

I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.” NASB

Malachi 3:1—“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts.” NASB

Isaiah 56:7—”Even those I will bring to My holy mountain
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar;
For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the people.” NASB

Jeremiah 7:11—”Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” declares the Lord.” NASB

Psalm 8:2—”From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.” NASB

Whew! And those are only from the passage in Matthew. I’m going to assume the other passages contain similar references.

13.  a.  The main purpose of the temple was to be a house of prayer. Matthew 21:13

b.  Use of the word “temple”—

John 2:18-22—Jesus was referring to His own body as the temple they would destroy and in three days He would raise it up.

1 Corinthians 6:19—For those of us who have the Spirit of God within us, our bodies are His temple.

Ephesians 2:21-22—The believers are building blocks that growing into a holy temple in the Lord, a dwelling of God in the Spirit. 

c.  Christ cleanses the temple of our body through—

  • the washing of rebirth
  • renewal by the Holy Spirit
  • purifying us with the blood of Jesus
  • forgiveness and purification
  • the abiding/indwelling presence of His Spirit

Day 6

Things God has called me to do—

  • Assist in caring for my grandchildren whose mother is ill
  • Write
  • Provide care for my elderly father

Each of the three seem like a full-time job. And I already had a full-time job.

It has been quite a balancing or an unbalancing act over the past few years. I’ve attempted to juggle all four. It seemed I was only capable of keeping one in the air while the others fell to the floor.

It occurred to me, He didn’t ask me to continue the full-time job. Although, as I argued with myself or perhaps it was the Holy Spirit, we are rather fond of eating on a regular basis. I asked for forgiveness, because every good and perfect gift comes from above. He is the one who gives us the power to get wealth.

Last year, business was almost non-existent. So there was little work to do. And very little income. Thankfully and miraculously, we ended the year with all obligations met, and we never missed a meal. A year of jubilee.

Additionally, we moved into a house that needed even more work than we expected. Thankfully, we completed the bulk of that project. The rest will have to wait.

The strain of the project and worry about business took a toll on my husband who had a near-fatal heart attack. Thankfully, he has recovered miraculously! 

Prayer requests:

  • Complete healing and restoration of my daughter-in-law’s health
  • Complete healing and continued restoration of my husband’s health
  • Wisdom and strength to care for my family members
  • Wisdom and strength to know what NOT to do for my family members
  • Strength, focus, and direction in writing
  • Adequate rest
  • My ongoing prayer request for this year is a revelation of God’s love; That I will walk in love and compassion toward everyone.

Please feel free to post your own prayer requests in the comments along with any other thoughts and wisdom you wish to share.