Prayer Psalm: 118
Prayer Point: Psalm 118 is a song of praise welcoming the Messiah, the Savior, to the city of Jerusalem. It’s true meaning was not realized until the crowds sang it as Jesus rode peacefully into Jerusalem on his way to the cross. Praise God today because when we cried out for help, he sent Jesus to die for our sins. Give him thanks and remember that because of Jesus’ righteousness his love to us endures forever.
It was not uncommon for Jewish royalty to ride donkeys. Horses were ridden during times of war, but donkeys in peacetime. When you consider this and the prophecy in Matthew 21:5, what is Jesus saying about himself and his relationship with the people in Jerusalem?
The pilgrims traveling with Jesus were coming to celebrate the Passover. The Passover is significant because it commemorated the time when God struck the Egyptians with plagues and parted the Red Sea which Israel passed through on their way to freedom. Passover raised the hopes that if God had done it in the past, perhaps this year he will do it again.
What hopes do the pilgrims with Jesus have for him?
What does Jesus discover in the temple that drives him into a fury? What is his vision for the temple?
1 Peter 3:13-22
What is generally true for those who do good (verse 13)? How should we react if we do suffer for doing right? How should we prepare ourselves? How does Christ’s suffering serve as an example to us? How does Christ’s suffering give us the power to suffer while doing good?
What event in Jesus’ life does verse 9:9 refer? (This verse hearkens to Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as recorded in Matthew 21:5 and John 12:15.)
What will this king proclaim in Jerusalem? (“He will proclaim peace to the nations.” (Zechariah 9:10 NIV))
What is going in here? (It appears that the Lord is preparing for war. “….his arrow will flash like lightning, … the Sovereign Lord will sound the trumpet, … the Lord Almighty will shield them… etc.” (Zechariah 9:14, 15 NIV))
How are the people of the Lord described? (“They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. How attractive and beautiful they will be.” (Zechariah 9:16-17 NIV))