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Even Stones Will Honour God
Bible Passage Luke 19: 29-48
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books John, Luke, Matthew, Zechariah.

Even Stones Will Honour God

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached April 5, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples on ahead.

30 “Go into the village ahead of you,” he said. “As you enter, you will find a colt tied up that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it along.

31 If anyone asks you why you are untying it, say this: ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 So those who were sent went off and found it as Jesus had told them.

33 While they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 The disciples answered, “The Lord needs it.”

35 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it, and Jesus sat upon it.

36 As he was riding along, people kept spreading their coats on the road.

37 He was now approaching the descent from the Mount of Olives. The whole crowd of disciples began to rejoice and to praise God with a loud voice because of all the miracles they had seen.

38 They said, “How blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd told Jesus, “Teacher, tell your disciples to be quiet.”

40 He replied, “I tell you, if they were quiet, the stones would cry out!”

41 When he came closer and saw the city, he began to grieve over it:

42 “If you had only known today what could have brought you peace! But now it is hidden from your sight,

43 because the days will come when your enemies will build walls around you, surround you, and close you in on every side.

44 They will level you to the ground—you and those who live within your city limits. They will not leave one stone on another within your walls, because you didn’t recognize the time when you were visited.”

45 Then Jesus went into the Temple and began to throw out those who were selling things.

46 He told them, “It is written, ‘My house is to be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a hideout for bandits!”

47 Then he began teaching in the Temple every day. The high priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him,

48 but they couldn’t find a way to do it, because all the people were eager to hear him.

BACKGROUND
The time had now come for Jesus to challenge his opponents openly by a clear public demonstration that He was Israel’s Messiah.

To make sure that nothing stopped Him from making a bold public entry into Jerusalem, Jesus had made a secret arrangement with some unnamed villagers who would provide the donkey that He would ride. By using a pre-arranged password, two of his disciples collected the donkey and brought it to him (Matt 21:1-3; Luke 19:28-34).

As the messianic king, the son of David, Jesus then entered His royal city of Zion. He came not riding a horse as a conquering warlord, but sitting on a donkey as a king of peace, as the Scriptures foretold (see Zech 9:9). People who were in Jerusalem for the Passover, along with local residents, welcomed Him as the Messiah. They may not have understood the nature of His messiahship, but they were enthusiastic in their acceptance of Him (Matt 21:4-11; Luke 19:35-38; John 12:12-16 ).

The Pharisees were annoyed at the welcome Jesus received and unsuccessfully tried to persuade him to silence the people (Luke 19:39-40).

Jesus, however, was not deceived by this enthusiastic welcome. He knew that when people properly understood the nature of His messiahship, they would turn against Him. The nation as a whole would reject Him, and in the judgment to follow, Jerusalem would be destroyed (Luke 19:41-44). The significance of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not political but spiritual, and therefore He went not to the palace but to the temple.

He took note of what was happening there and cleansed the temple again. By His action, He showed God’s judgment on those who had forgotten the real purpose of religious exercises and used them chiefly to make money (Matt 21:12-13).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Everything that we have belongs to God who can request any, at any time

🔷 It’s only a privilege for you to praise God, and we must be grateful for it. God can even ask stones to do so

🔷 We must not exploit the poor but rather support them with our belongings

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Ask God to forgive you if you have not been faithful to Him
💥 Pray that our life with be Christlike

CONCLUSION📙
Our God who gives us life and everything deserves our worship. We cannot renege on our responsibilities, less we harm ourselves and withdraw God’s love in us.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections