Prayer Psalm: 144
Prayer Point:When you think about how brief and small our lives are in comparison to our eternal God it makes you wonder, “O, LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you care for him?” Take some time to thank God that he hears our cries for help, that he split the heavens and came down to earth through Jesus Christ. Pray for the faith to be patient while we wait for Jesus’ return.
Jesus begins to weep openly for Jerusalem as he approaches the city. What has Jerusalem missed? What is in their future?
There was a market in the temple which sold animals to pilgrims for the sacrifice. The market was set up in the outer court of the temple, the only area in the complex that was open to Gentiles.
Why does Jesus drive the sellers out of the temple (see Matthew 21:12-16; Mark 11:15-17)? What was Jesus trying to teach the people about the temple’s purpose (see Isaiah 56:7)? Can you imagine a Gentile trying to worship God in the midst of a busy market?
How do the chief priests and teachers of the law respond to Jesus’ action?
What is the life pattern that Christ left for us to follow? Where did he begin? Where did he go? Where did God the Father take him in the end? What would it would like for you to follow that same life pattern (go back and look at verses 2-4)?
If Jerusalem will be secure, what will things be like for her enemies? (“This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other.” (Zechariah 14:12-13 NIV))
Why will the survivors go up to Jerusalem? (“Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.” (Zechariah 14:16 NIV))
What happens to those who choose not to go to Jerusalem? (“If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain.” (Zechariah 14:17 NIV) Life will not be all that pleasant.)
What will be the nature of things, even ordinary things in Jerusalem in that day? (Everything will become holy to the LORD Almighty. The LORD’s presence will thus sanctify everything.)
What is significant about the bells of the horses? (“On that day HOLY TO THE LORD will be inscribed on the bells of the horses…” (Zechariah 14:20) Interestingly enough, this was the exact phrase to be inscribed on the gold plate on the turban of the high priest as describe in Exodus 28:36-38. What does that say?)