April 14, 2019
Palm Sunday -
The week before Passover, when Jesus enters Jerusalem
Jesus had to be scrutinized like the perfect lamb used at Passover
This final week, Jesus knows what he has to do.
Jesus shows an example of boldness in prayer when he was in the garden.
Be bold when you take everything to God, but humbly
"Not my will, but Your's be done"
Are you robbing God, where is your heart?
This passage is about more than just money.
The Jews are stuck in the same rut they have been stuck in before
They are just going through the motions
The church at the time has prescribed, without having the proper heart condition, the proper motivation.
God told the Jews that if they return to Him, He will return to them. This goes the same to us.
Teach your kids the truth
We must teach our youth how to seek a relationship with God, not a religion
Be honest with the kids
Teach them the importance of the things we do
Teach them the truth of the Word
Know your testimony so you can share what God has done for you so you can encourage others
When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus then sent two disciples, 2 telling them, “Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied there with her foal. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them at once.”
4 This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:
5 Tell Daughter Zion,
“See, your King is coming to you,
gentle, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt,
the foal of a donkey.”
6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and its foal; then they laid their clothes on them, and he sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their clothes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. 9 Then the crowds who went ahead of him and those who followed shouted:
Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!
10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar, saying, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”
“Since the days of your fathers, you have turned from my statutes; you have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Armies.
Yet you ask, “How can we return?”
8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me!”
“How do we rob you?” you ask.
“By not making the payments of the tenth and the contributions. 9 You are suffering under a curse, yet you—the whole nation—are still robbing me. 10 Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house. Test me in this way,” says the Lord of Armies. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not ruin the produce of your land and your vine in your field will not fail to produce fruit,” says the Lord of Armies. 12 “Then all the nations will consider you fortunate, for you will be a delightful land,” says the Lord of Armies.