The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by rRandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Mark:11:1 @ And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,

kjv@Mark:11:2 @ And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.

kjv@Mark:11:3 @ And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

kjv@Mark:11:4 @ And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.

kjv@Mark:11:5 @ And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?

kjv@Mark:11:6 @ And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

kjv@Mark:11:7 @ And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.

kjv@Mark:11:8 @ And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

kjv@Mark:11:9 @ And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

kjv@Mark:11:10 @ Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

kjv@Mark:11:11 @ And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

Today's notes:


Key Concepts:

sl[kjv@Psalms:113-118] The Jewish Great Hallel

What is God's righteousness observed doing?:

What does this tell us about God's righteousness?:

How is man reacting?:


Olives/Olivet: Eastern mount of the city with four summits. One, mount of Acension where Jesus later ascended into heaven kjv@Acts:1:12 .
One, the mount of Prophets contains the single catacomb Tomb of prophets. One, the mount of Offence where Solomon erected idolatrous high places for his wives kjv@2Kings:23:13. One Viri Galilaei, the lesser of the four. In all Olivet stands merely 300 ft above the temple mount. At the base is Gethsemane.

Never overlook seeming small details like a unbroken colt never ridden by man. The symbolism often has more direction towards understanding than the simple detail itself. What does the picture symbolize to you? What would the picture symbolize to observer of that time? What depth does it add to the ride of Jesus into the city atop garments? the gait of the colt walking on top of a continuing cycle of strewn branches and other garments itself? In addition rwp@Luke:19:30 notes Plummer connecting virgin birth, virgin colt, virgin tomb.

Going back to my notes of this event as described by Matthew Matthew:21:1-11 reminded me of the sense then that this may have been driven more by the public's desire to receive Jesus ceremoniously than Jesus or the Spirit desiring to make proclamation. It does seem out of character for Jesus. I did not immediately have that sense this time until I looked back. My first sense was that He was purposely lighting the fuse for the explosive end knowing how everyone would react to the claim rightfully His to make. Now that both are considered there comes a third sense synthesized that both the public and Jesus desired to do this each in their own sense for mostly opposing reasons and anticipated outcomes; caught in the middle was the fearful/disrupted majority who just wanted the whole thing to disappear.

The people are highly anticipating deliverance by this man; deliverance as they see it. They are gathered in advance of the Passover observance combining in Feast of Tabernacle symbology to what it already means doubling the significance that they expect. They have come to this expectation largely on their own without much prompting from Jesus. They believe that they are triumphantly receiving the Deliverer when in fact they are unknowingly handing over the Passover Lamb to the alter of the chief priests so that the blood of slain Lamb can save the covered believer from the Destroyer. This is God's doing, no man has known enough to direct this to happen by their own. It is certainly deliverance, but a step towards it not as any would expect. Jesus is riding upon their expectation knowing that their misplaced expectation will soon turn to their utter rejection of Him.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. We do want to see Jesus succeed. We think that we have it all measured up how He is going to do that. If anyone could do what we expect needs to be done for deliverance it would be Him. The problem is what we expect falls so short of what God rightly knows that needs to be done. Our expectation? It is not so much a deliverance as it is a concession we want HIM to make allowing us to remain as we are, just in a better unbound position.
  2. It is our belief that we ourselves are essentially okay, it is the situations and powers that be that cause all of this evil upon us. If Jesus could just deliver us from that we would be just fine on our own. So this is what we need Him to be for us. What we fail to see is that all of this exterior stuff mentioned is superficial and doesn't get to the root of the problem within each of us that has brought all of this evil and bondage upon us. This deeper ailment is what Jesus rather is targeting first. He obediently has to go to the cross to do that.

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