Today’s reading talks about Jesus instructing his disciples to go to a village ahead to get a colt that has never been ridden to untie and bring it to him and if anyone should ask, they should tell them that the Lord needs it. They did as Jesus instructed and brought the colt to him and threw their clothes on the colt and put Jesus on it. As Jesus rode on the colt, the disciples and the whole crowd began to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles.
The Pharisees where filled with envy and told Jesus to rebuke his disciples and Jesus responded that if they keep quiet the stones will cry out. As he approached Jerusalem, he wept over it and warned against the danger that will befall them because they didn’t recognize their time of their visitation. When Jesus entered the temple courts, he saw people buying and selling in the temple, he was so upset that drove them out because they made his father’s house the den of thieves instead of a house of prayer.
We sometimes don’t know what we have until we lose them. The Pharisees had the opportunity of an encounter with God but threw it away out of envy. We should learn from their mistake and look beyond our selfish motive and serve God so that we are not replaced by another and also we should learn to conduct ourselves in the house of God and understand the reason we are in God’s house in the first place.
I will always praise God and not use God’s blessing as an excuse anymore.
Reading – Luke 19:28-48
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives,the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[a]
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
Jesus at the Temple
45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’[b]; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[c]”
47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
- Luke 19:38 Psalm 118:26
- Luke 19:46 Isaiah 56:7
- Luke 19:46 Jer. 7:11