Triumphal Entry taught by Pastor Don Moore
Notes from Bible study taught April 13, 2013
Psalm 25:14 The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.
John 12:12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘ Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”
The Jews wanted Jesus to come riding on a white stallion, showing that Jesus is coming as conqueror of the enemies of the Israelites. They were not pleased when he came in riding on a donkey.
We looked at this passage in parallel Scriptures (other Gospel books with the same scene portrayed). When you study the Bible it is good to read the message in all the Gospels. Each Gospel is written from a different viewpoint and we get tidbits of information that provide a more complete picture.
Luke 19:28-31 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 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, 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. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’”
Jesus prophesies this – they come across the donkey as Jesus says. A donkey is like a good private car, a valuable possession. This donkey has never been ridden before, so is pure, cleansed, and holy by His presence sitting on the donkey. Jesus is establishing His Kingship – no one has sat in that position before.
Luke 19:32-36 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.
Animals as well as people are spiritually attuned. The people believed in the Lord; they respected the situation even if they didn’t understand it. The Holy Spirit, who resides in you, was communicating with the people. It only works if you know that where you go the Holy Spirit goes with you. These same people who honor Jesus this day will be the ones shouting crucify later.
Mark 11:1-3 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.”
Confirmation that God is moving on the disciples and on the owner of the donkey.
Mark 11:4-5 So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?”
Another group of men obeying instructions from what seems to be highly irregular commands.
Mark 11:6-11 And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.
Another version of honoring of Jesus, who comes into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, not on the white stallion.
Matthew 21:1-8 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
A donkey and a colt, loose them – a mother and her colt (baby). The colt observed what it’s momma does, and thus the colt knows its function and purpose. The colt separated from mom and is ready to serve God.
Something has to happen to get us off our butts so we can be useful to God. It is a trade-off. If I serve God, God returns a blessing to me – that’s the way it works. God is a covenant maker and a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Pastor Don said, if you look back at ten years of your life and if it’s not better emotionally, physically, etc, your faith is shallow.
The colt will behave better if it is not separated from its mom.
At the same time Jesus makes His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the priests had gone to select the Passover Lamb – and the same gate that the Passover Lamb was going to walk through is the gate Jesus came in. Jesus receives the accolades that would usually go to the Passover Lamb – Jesus upstages the Lamb.
Jesus is doing God’s plan and satan’s plan (kill the Messiah and satan will then rule on earth forever). In a few days Jesus will go to the cross, and satan will feel he has won. satan wants to subvert and counterfeit what God is going to do.
Pastor Don said it was a long walk from the Mount of Olives to the Temple area and then to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Upper Room. The people at the Temple were waiting for the lamb. They see Jesus on a donkey a mile away. They take palm leaves and spread them out. Think of our hands – palms of praise to God. Lift a palm, lift holy hands, and praise brings a higher spiritual experience. If we don’t praise, the rocks will cry out.
Matthew 21:9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”
The people are giving praise.
Matthew 21:10-11 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Matthew 21:12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves.
He drove out the moneychangers.
Matthew 21:13-14 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’” Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.
We miss that – the house of prayer. Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the outer court – not the Holy of Holies. Even the Gentiles can come into the outer court. What message does having the moneychangers in the outer court give to those there?
The blind and lame came to him in the temple and He healed them. The healing percentage is high. Those present saw and heard the power and strength of this Man in the substitutionary position of Lamb of God. Jesus did not get arrested for throwing the moneychangers out of the outer court.
The Israelites waited 1500 years for this guy to show up (and it was prophesied in Daniel so the scholars knew the precise time he would come).
We have made healing an issue – spending time preparing ourselves for it. Healing is a covenant decision, a covenant relationship where we trust God. Healing (even the most serious diseases) is not a problem for God, but what limits God is our view and vision of God. God is all-in-all. He has a better life for us. We struggle, but God has a better plan.
God stirred the spirit so the people realized Jesus came on a donkey. He came in to sacrifice for you and provide a life we don’t deserve. He is blessing us when we don’t deserve it.
We look at the terrible things in our lives and wonder where is God in that. The truth is, the part of your life that is bad, is not as great as the blessings Jesus has promised for us. We focus on the negative, not on God’s blessing.
Jesus was bold enough to go into the Temple after throwing out the moneychangers, even if he might be rebuked for the action.
Who is Christ to you? Is He still great and capable?
Jeremiah 29:9 For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the Lord.
The Israelites were in captivity in Babylon for seventy years in backbreaking slavery and disappointed. During the seventy years bad things happened and people were miserable. The promise of God was that in seventy years they would return and the people did.
The promise of God to you is not according to your schedule, program, contract, or season. God determines how long you need to be under the punishing hand of the enemies of God. God has a season for each person and the suffering permits us to be tested and tried. God has us there to observe our lives. In essence, by what we think, act and do, God is willing to leave us in our Babylons until we learn God’s lesson.
Pastor Don has taught us about the power of our words. If we are thinking wrong it will often be spoken from our mouths. If our words get out of our moth, the devil is glad to give us what we say based on our words. God is a just God. What we will in our minds, wills, and emotions, we have to live under. We don’t want to, but we have to.
We want to give our all to God like Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and the remnant. God can’t use us if we’re half-stepping.
What does God think of you? Jesus was sent on the triumphal entry to provide the prophecy for us. God has a plan for our life way bigger and exciting. Life with God doesn’t end when your body dies. Way more goes on – we have crowns to lay at Jesus’ feet, we are in training to rule and reign. We will have much to do in eternity. He is watching us and smiling.
Remember, thinking is like saying, if you think that thought you say it. As a man thinketh, so is he. We have what we think and say.
God thinks toward us – thoughts of peace. We don’t need to stress out.
We leave a legacy, an inheritance, a footprint. If our older years are upright, that leaves a legacy, a hope.
Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The first step of faith is hope. Hope is the substance. Hope begins faith.
Don’t sweat the small, negative stuff. We blame the devil for things that really come from us.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
God’s thoughts toward me are good and not evil. His plans for us are good, not evil. The proof of it is we’ll go after Him in faith and will see that this is true.
Have a blessed day,