Trading the Throne For the Temple: What Are You Doing In the Temple? We Wanted You On the Throne

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel narrative of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ as it was written and recorded by John Mark—a companion of the apostle Paul and of Barnabas. More specifically, today’s passage is found in the eleventh chapter of this New Testament book. “And when they came night to Jerusalem, unto Betphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples, 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. 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. 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. And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. 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” (Mark 11:1-11).

            “And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: and seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it” (Mark 11:12-14).

            “And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves; and would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? But ye have made it a den of thieves. And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. And when even was come, he went out of the city” (Mark 11:15-19).

            “And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto hi, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, be3lieve that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:20-26).

            “And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, and say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? And who gave thee this authority to do these things? And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? Answer me. And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed. And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things” (Mark 11:27-33).

            HE SENDETH FORTH TWO OF HIS DISCIPLES! GO YOUR WAY INTO THE VILLAGE OVER AGAINAST 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! IF ANY MAN SAY UNTO YOU, WHY DO YET THIS? SAY THAT THE LORD HATH NEED OF HIM! STRAIGHTWAY HE WILL SEND HIM HITHER! THEY WENT THEIR WAY, AND FOUND THE COLT TIED BY THE DOOR WITHOUT IN A PLACE WHERE TWO WAYS MET! AND THEY LOOSED HIM! CERTAIN OF THEM THAT STOOD THERE SAID UNTO THEM, WHAT DO YE, LOOSING THE COLT? THEY BROUGHT THE COLT TO JESUS, AND CAST THEIR GARMENTS ON HIM! AND HE SAT UPON HIM! MANY SPREAD THEIR GARMENTS IN THE WAY! OTHERS CUT DOWN BRANCHES OFF THE TREES, AND STRAWED THEM IN THE WAY!

            ON THE MORROW, WHEN THEY WERE COME FROM BETHANY, HE WAS HUNGRY! SEEING A FIG TREE AFAR OFF HAVING LEAVES, HE CAME, IF HAPLY HE MIGHT FIND ANY THING THEREON! WHEN HE CAME TO IT, HE FOUND NOTHING BUT LEAVES! THE TIME OF FIGS WAS NOT YET! JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO IT, NO MAN EAT FRUIT OF THEE HEREAFTER FOR EVER! AND HIS DISCIPLES HEARD IT!

            AND THEY COME TO JERUSALEM! JESUS WENT INTO THE TEMPLE, AND BEGAN TO CAST THEM THAT SOLD AND BOUGHT IN THE TEMPLE, AND OVERTHREW THE TABLES OF THE MONEYCHANGERS, AND THE SEATS OF THEM THAT SOLD DOVES; AND WOULD NOT SUFFER THAT ANY MAN SHOULD CARRY ANY VESSEL THROUGHT THE TEMPLE! IS IT NOT WRITTEN, MY HOUES SHALL BE CALLED OF ALL NATIONS THE HOUSE OF PRAYER? BUT YE HAVE MADE IT A DEN OF THIEVES! THE SCRIBES AND CHIEF PRIESTS HEARD IT, AND SOUGHT HOW THEY MIGHT DESTROY HIM! THEY FEARED HIM, BECAUSE ALL THE PEOPLE WAS ASTONISHED AT HIS DOCTRINE!

            AND IN THE MORNING, AS THEY PASSED BY, THEY SAW THE FIG TREE DRIED UP FROM THE ROOTS! MASTER, BEHOLD, THE FIG TREE WHICH THOU CURSEDST IS WITHERED AWAY! HAVE FAITH IN GOD! WHOSOEVER SHALL SAY UNTO THIS MOUNTAIN, BE THOUS REMOVED, AND BE THOU CAST INTO THE SEA; AND SHALL NOT DOUBT IN HIS HEART, BUT SHALL BELIEVE THAT THOSE THINGS WHICH HE SAITH SHALL COME TO PASS; HE SHALL HAVE WHATSOEVER HE SAITH! WHAT THINGS SOEVER YE DEISRE, WHEN YE PRAY, BELIEVE THAT YE RECEIVE THEM, AND YE SHALL HAVE THEM! WHEN YE STAND PRAYING, FORGIVE, IF YE HAVE OUGHT AGAINST ANY! THAT YOUR FATHER ALSO WHICH IS IN HEAVEN MAY FORGIVE YOU YOUR TRESPASSES! IF YE DO NOT FORGIVE, NEITHER WILL YOUR FATHER WHICH IN HEAVEN FORGIVE YOUR TRESPASSES! (James 1:2-12). (James 4:1-10). (James 5:7-18).

            When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find the beginning of Jesus’ final week before His betrayal in the garden of Eden, before He would be handed over to the chief priests, the elders of Israel, the scribes, and the entire religious system which was present during those days, and before the suffering ordained for Him from the foundation of the world would begin before He would ultimately be killed and crucified. As you read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture you will find the beginning of what we know as “The Passion Week” or the week of Jesus’ passion. What makes this particular narrative and account so incredibly interesting when you take the time to actually think about it is when you stop and consider the fact that it would not begin the way you would expect it to. At least three different times prior to this week the Lord Jesus Christ would prepare His disciples for a journey that would take Him to the city of Jerusalem, and it would be in that city of Jerusalem where He would ultimately experience and face a tremendous amount of suffering, opposition, persecution, and ultimately death. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this particular truth and reality, for it calls and draws our attention to the fact that when Jesus finally did enter into the city of Jerusalem He would face and experience a tremendous welcome and warm embrace from the inhabitants of the city. You cannot read the words found in this passage of Scripture and not encounter and come face to face with the awesome and powerful truth that the Lord Jesus Christ—although He would teach and prepare His disciples for the tremendous amount of suffering He would face and experience before ultimately being delivered into the hands of sinners and being crucified and put to death—would indeed and would in fact be welcomed into the city of Jerusalem with a tremendous chorus of Hallelujah and Hosanna.

            Stop for a moment and think about the fact that although Jesus would indeed and would in fact prepare and make ready His disciples for the tremendous suffering He would experience and endure during those days and times, He would enter into Jerusalem to a chorus and symphony of “hallelujah” and “hosanna.” We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this—particularly and especially when you think about and consider the tremendous truth and fact that Jesus would actually deliberately and intentionally prepare His disciples for betrayal, for suffering, for being delivered into the hands of religion before being delivered into the hands of sinners. It is absolutely necessary that we call and draw our attention to how absolutely incredible this truly is, for it calls and draws our attention to the awesome and powerful truth that although this would ultimately become marked by a trial before the religious leaders, a trial before Herod, and ultimately a trial before Pontius Pilate before He would be delivered into the hands of sinners and sentenced to death, this week would first be marked with worship, with praise, with adoration, with hosanna and hallelujah. Oh I can’t help but be reminded of the words which are found in the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by the Gentile physician Luke, for it would be in that particular passage where all those who would hear Jesus would be filled with wonder and would marvel at the gracious words which proceeded forth from His mouth, and yet that wonder and that marvel would quickly transition to anger, to rage and to wrath as they would not only thrust Jesus out of the synagogue, but they would bring Him to the outer part of the city and unto the brow of the hill upon which the city was built to cast Him down. Pause and think about the fact that it would be there in Nazareth—that town in which He had grown up and spent most His life where everyone knew Him, where everyone knew Mary and Joseph, and where everyone knew His brothers and sisters—where Jesus would experience rejection for the first time, and would not only experience rejection, but would also experience the people of Nazareth seeking to destroy Him and put Him to death. Stop and consider the words which are found in this particular passage of Scripture beginning to read with and from the fourteenth verse:

            “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sernt me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the LORD. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. AND ALL BARE HIM WITNESS, AND WONDERED AT THE GRACIOUS WORDS WHICH PROCEEDED OUT OF HIS MOUTH. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, NO prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; but unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophets; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. AND ALL THEY IN THE SYNAGOGUE, WHEN THEY HEARD THESE THINGS, WERE FILLED WITH WRATH. AND ROSE UP, AND THRUST HIM OUT OF THE CITY, AND LED HIM UNTO THE BROW OF THE HILL WHEREON THEIR CITY WAS BUILT, THAAT THEY MIGHT CAST HIM DOWN HEADLONG. But he passing through the midst of them went his way, and came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power” (Luke 4:14-32).

            The words which we find here within this passage of Scripture are absolutely remarkable and astounding when you truly take the time to think about and consider them, for they call and draw our attention to the fact that Jesus would teach in the synagogue of Nazareth which was the town in which He would grow up after Joseph would bring both He and Mary to after being warned of God in a dream not to return unto Judaea after the death of Herod. Jesus would return from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit after being led into it where He was tempted of the devil, and He would enter into the synagogue there in Nazareth. It would be there in the town of Nazareth Jesus would not only read the words written and recorded in the prophetic book of Isaiah, would not only declare unto them that on that day the word of the prophet was fulfilled in their ear, but would also experience all those present within the synagogue being filled with wonder at the gracious words which proceeded and come forth from His mouth. What makes Jesus’ interaction there in the synagogue of Nazareth so incredibly unique and powerful when you take the time to think about and consider it is when you consider the fact that the people which were present on that would initially be filled with wonder at the word which Jesus spoke—and not only at the word Jesus spoke, but also the fact that He was Joseph’s son—and yet would ultimately and inevitably be turned and transitioned into a place of wrath. It’s truly something worth thinking about and considering when you read the account of Jesus in the synagogue of Nazareth, for although those present within the synagogue would initially be filled with wonder at the gracious words which Jesus spoke, they would ultimately and inevitably be filled with wrath. What’s more, is that not only would they be filled with wrath, but they would thrust Him out of the city and would bring Him to the brow upon which the city was built attempting and desiring to cast Him down headlong that they might destroy and be rid of Him from their midst.

            As we read the account of Jesus in the town of Nazareth we must needs realize and understand the absolutely tremendous truth that what He experienced there would be in small part and measure similar to what He would experience within the city of Jerusalem. Upon reading the words which are found in the New Testament gospel narratives written by the gospel authors you will find that as Jesus was preparing to enter into the city of Jerusalem He would instruct two of His disciples to go and loose a colt upon which never a man had ridden. The sole purpose for the untying and loosing of that colt upon which never a man had been ridden was that Jesus might enter into the city of Jerusalem riding upon it—not only that He might fulfill the prophetic word which was spoken by the prophet Zechariah, but also as a powerful picture of an earlier event which would take place when a different son of David would enter into Jerusalem and would be paraded through the streets and city of Jerusalem. If and as you turn and direct your attention to the words which are found in the Old Testament book of First Kings you will find that as David was preparing to die and depart from this world and go the way of his fathers one of his sons named Adonijah would proclaim himself as the king over the nation and people of Israel. This would now be the second son of David that would attempt to rise to the throne in Israel and would attempt to sit upon the throne of David after they would proclaim themselves king in David’s stead. The first of David’s sons to attempt to usurp the authority of David and establish himself as king would be Absalom who would rise up in rebellion and insurrection against David—an action which would ultimately cause David to flee from the city of Jerusalem and cross over the brook Kidron with a group of individuals who were willing to depart with the king. Ultimately the rebellion and insurrection of Absalom would be put down as Absalom would be caught in the midst of a tree by his hair and would be killed by Joab who was David’s general and commander over his army. David would ultimately be restored to the throne in the city of Jerusalem and would ultimately be restored as the rightful king over the nation of Israel, and yet as he was preparing to die another one of his sons would once more attempt to proclaim himself as king. Consider if you will the following words which are found in the first and opening chapter of the Old Testament book of First kings concerning Absalom, concerning Bathsheba, concerning Solomon, and concerning the prophet of the LORD:

            “Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat. So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not. Then Adonjiah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? And he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom. And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with AAbiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him. But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimeie, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah. And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En-rogel, and called all his brethren the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah the king’s servant: but Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not. Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adoniah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not? Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon. GO and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? Why then doth Adoniah reign? Behold, while they yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words. And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king. And Bath-sheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou? And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the LORD thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne. And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not: and he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priests, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not called. And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shoudlest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders. And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in. And they told the king, saying, Behold, Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground. And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonjiah. But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called. Is this thing done by lord the king, and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him? Then king David answered and said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came into the king’s presence, and stood before the king. And the king sware, and said, As the LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress, even as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day. Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live for ever. And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king. The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, AND CAUSE SOLOMON MY SON TO RIDE UPON MINE OWN ULE, AND BRING HIM DOWN TO GIHON: AND LET ZADOK THE PRIEST AND NATHAN THE PROPHET ANOINT HIM THERE KING OVER ISRAEL: AND BLOW YE WITH THE TRUMPET, AND SAY, GOD SAVE KING SOLOMON. Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah. And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too. As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David. So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, AND CAUSED SOLOMON TO RIDE UPON KING DAVID’S MULE, AND BROUGHT HIM TO GIHON. And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon. And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them. And Adonjiah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an uproar? And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings. And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon king. And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priests, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king’s mule: and Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard. And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom. And moreover the king’s servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the king bowed himself upon the bed. And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it. And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way” (1 Kings 1:1-49).

            AND THEY BLEW THE TRUMPET! AND ALL THE PEOPLE SAID, GOD SAVE KING SOLOMON! AND ALL THE PEOPLE CAME UP AFTER HIM! THE PEOPLE PIPED WITH PIPES, AND REJOICED WITH GREAT JOY! THE EARTH RENT WITH THE SOUND OF THEM! Oh it is absolutely necessary that we call and draw our attention to the narrative and account that is found in the Old Testament book of First Kings, for it is within this portion of Scripture where we find David the king of Israel transitioning the reign and rule which the living and eternal God had given unto him to his son Solomon. As you read the words which are found in this portion of Scripture you will find that one of David’s sons attempted to exalt himself as king over the nation of Israel, and would even have a trumpet blown and a proclamation made, however, you will find that David the king would ultimately and inevitably appoint and ordain something different. Within this passage and within this text you will find both Nathan the prophet, as well as Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon David’s son coming in unto the king and making him aware of everything Adonijah had done—and not only everything Adonijah had done, but also asking if the king did in fact sware that Solomon his son and the son of Bath-sheba would be king after him. Eventually what would happen is David would appoint and ordain Solomon to ride upon his own mule and be brought unto Gihon and there be proclaimed king. What’s more, is that there is a vast and fundamental difference between Adonjiah and Solomon—namely, that not only had Solomon been declared by David the king of Israel to be ordained and appointed to sit upon the throne and reign in his stead, but Solomon would also be anointed as the king of Israel. Oh there is a vast difference between proclaiming oneself king, or being proclaimed as king, and being anointed as king. Adonijah would exalt himself as king over the nation of Israel, and Adonijah would even be proclaimed as king by others—even some of those who were loyal and faithful unto David during his lifetime—and yet there was one thing Adonijah did not experience, which would make all the difference. Although Adonijah would exalt himself to be king, and although Adonijah would have others who would proclaim himself as king, there would be no anointing which would be poured upon his head by the prophet and priest.

            Upon reading the words which are found in this passage of Scripture you will find and encounter the awesome and powerful truth that not only would David appoint Solomon his son to ride upon his own mule, and not only would David call for the prophet and priest to anoint the king, but you will also find that in addition to riding and sitting upon David’s own mule, Solomon would also sit upon the throne of David. Pause for a moment and think about the tremendous truth and reality surrounding this awesome and powerful truth, for not only would Solomon sit upon David’s own mule, but so also would Solomon sit upon the throne of David. What an incredibly powerful truth and reality it is to think about how not only would Solomon sit upon the throne of David, but he would also be anointed as king over the nation of Israel. What’s more, is that Solomon would be the last king to be anointed by the prophet and priest as the king of Israel, for during the days of his son Rehoboam the kingdom would be divided between the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. Oh we know that at Horeb in the wilderness the LORD would appoint and ordain the prophet Elijah to anoint the next kings of Syria and Israel, as well as anoint Elisha to rise up in his stead as prophet in the land of Israel. Even with this being said, however, we must needs realize and understand that Solomon would be the final king to be anointed by the prophet and priest as king over the nation of Israel—and not only as the final king to be anointed as the king over the nation of Israel, but also the son of David would indeed and would in fact be anointed as the king of Israel. How incredibly powerful this truly is when you take the time to think about and consider it, for it calls and draws our attention to the absolutely remarkable and astonishing truth that Solomon the son of David, the king of Israel, would be anointed as king to rule and reign in the stead and space of David after he died and went the way of all the earth.

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the events which took place during the final days of David’s life here upon the earth, for there is not a doubt in my mind that what took place on that day as Solomon was ordained and appointed to ride and sit upon David’s own mule, as Solomon was anointed by the prophet and priest as being the next king of Israel in David’s stead, and even as Solomon would sit upon the throne of his father David—those events might very well have rang true within the hearts and minds of those who were present in the city of Jerusalem. Although none of them were alive and present during the final days of David king of Israel, and although none of them actually witnessed and beheld Solomon riding upon David’s own mule, and be anointed by the prophet and priest, and even sitting upon David’s throne, they would nonetheless have been taught concerning such an event that would take place during those days and times. WE dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for it calls and draws our attention to the awesome and tremendous truth that when Solomon was ordained to ride upon David’s own mule, and when Solomon was brought unto Gihon where he would be anointed as the next king of Israel, and even as he sat upon the throne of David all of Jerusalem would gather themselves together unto him and proclaim him as king over the nation of Israel. What’s more is that there would be a great rejoicing that would take place during those days as the people would not only pipe with pipes, but there would also be a great rejoicing over David appointing Solomon his son to reign as king in his stead, and as Nathan and Zadok would anoint him to reign in the place of David his father. What’s more, is how absolutely incredible and astonishing it is to think about and consider that not only was Solomon appointed by David the king of Israel to sit upon the throne in Jerusalem, and not only was Solomon appointed to reign in the stead and place of David king of Israel, but so also would he be anointed by the prophet and priest as the king of Israel. How absolutely astounding and remarkable it is to see the unity and collision of appointment and anointing within the life of Solomon as it would be David himself who would appoint Solomon to be the next king of Israel, and yet it would be the prophet and priest who would actually anoint Solomon with a horn of oil which was brought forth from the Tabernacle, for the Temple had not yet been built.

            The events which would unfold on this day in the city of Jerusalem during the final days of the life and reign of David the king of Israel mirror and are incredibly similar to that which we find in the New Testament gospel narratives concerning the life and ministry of Jesus, for on this particular day we would have another Son of David—Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God—entering into the city of Jerusalem through the Eastern Gate riding upon a colt upon which never a man had ridden or sat upon. On the day Jesus would enter into the city of Jerusalem He would do so sitting upon a colt upon which never a man had sat as the disciples would place their cloaks upon the colt that Jesus might sit thereon. It would be as Jesus would enter into the city of Jerusalem that there would be a great rejoicing that would take place there in the midst of the city as He would indeed and would in fact be met with a great rejoicing and with great joy within the hearts and souls of the people which were present within the city. If and as you read the words which are found within this passage of Scripture you will find that as the disciples brought Jesus into the city of Jerusalem many would spread their garments in the way while others would cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. Those who went before, and those who followed behind Jesus as He rode upon the colt would cry out with a great rejoicing and with a great joy as Jesus would enter into the city of Jerusalem. The truth of the matter, however, is that we must needs realize, recognize and pay close attention to Jesus entering into the city of Jerusalem, for when He entered into the midst of the city the rejoicing He would be met with would also be coupled together with a tremendous expectation that would be present within the hearts and souls of those who would go before Him, those who would follow behind Him, and those who would come out of their homes and into the way to behold and honor this Jesus who would enter into the city of Jerusalem.

            I am absolutely and completely convinced that we must needs recognize and pay close and careful attention to what took place during the days and times of the final days of David king of Israel, for just as there was a great celebration surrounding Solomon being appointed as the king of Israel to sit upon the throne of his father David, so also those who were present in the midst of the city of Jerusalem during those days would see the Son of David entering into Jerusalem—much like Solomon the son of David had entered into Jerusalem so many generations and years earlier—and would have within their heart a tremendous expectation and anticipation surrounding the Lord Jesus Christ. There is not a doubt in my mind that what we find within the opening verses of the eleventh chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark is an incredibly powerful account of events which took place during the days of Jesus the Christ, for what we find and read here would ultimately set the stage and set the tone for the events which would take place no less than a full week later. As you read the New Testament gospel narratives you will find that while and although there would be great rejoicing taking place on this particular day as Jesus the Son of David would enter into the city of Jerusalem, there would come a point no less than a week later when perhaps many of the same people who had cried out with a chorus of hallelujah and hosanna would now cry out with a chorus of “Crucify Him.” We must needs realize, recognize and understand how absolutely powerful this truly is, for it calls and draws our attention to the tremendous truth that the celebration which Jesus was met with on this day which has become known as “Palm Sunday” would not necessarily be because of Jesus Himself, but rather the expectation and anticipation surrounding Him and His entrance into the city. Never before during all the times Jesus had entered the city of Jerusalem would He enter into it riding upon a colt, and never before would there be so much excitement surrounding Jesus’ entrance into the city of Jerusalem. It would be on this particular day when things would be entirely and altogether different, and where something dramatic would change and shift in Jerusalem and would shift in the atmosphere and environment there in the city. Consider if you will the words which are found in the eleventh chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark beginning with the seventh verse:

            “And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the LORD: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the LORD: Hosanna in the Highest. 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” (Mark 11:7-11).

            I feel it is absolutely necessary to draw our attention to the response Jesus was met with when and as He entered into the city of Jerusalem, for as He entered into the city of Jerusalem on this particular day He would enter in an entirely different manner than He had before. Never before in the three and a half years He walked upon the earth and entered into the city of Jerusalem would Jesus enter into the city riding on a donkey. Never before would Jesus be met with such great rejoicing and such great joy, but on this particular day and on this particular occasion we find Jesus riding on a colt upon which never a man had ridden. Never before would we find and see the people of Jerusalem meeting Jesus with such a great rejoicing and such a great joy as we did on this particular day. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of how absolutely incredible this truly is for when you think about it you will undoubtedly discover a tremendous anticipation, expectation and exactment that surrounded the person of the Lord Jesus Christ and His entering into the city of Jerusalem. It is truly something worth thinking about and considering when we read this particular narrative, for the rejoicing and joy that surrounds Jesus entering into the city of Jerusalem would have in part something to do with the fame and report that went out throughout the surrounding towns, villages and region over the past three and a half years. Even with this being said, however, we must needs realize and understand that much of the rejoicing that would surround Jesus’ entrance into the city of Jerusalem on this particular day would indeed have to do with an expectation the people in Jerusalem, as well as the people within Judaea and Galilee that Jesus might be the One who would restore the kingdom of Israel them. It would be during the days of David king of Israel when the nation and kingdom of Israel would begin to be established, and it would be during the days of Solomon when the nation and kingdom of Israel would essentially experience its golden years, for not only would there be peace during those days, but Solomon would reign over all the kings of the earth.

            This concept of the reign of Solomon is in my opinion one of the greatest truths and realities we must needs learn and realize when we consider the tremendous rejoicing and joy surrounding Jesus’ triumphant entry, for Solomon who was the son of David would indeed reign over all the kings of the earth, and would essentially lead the nation and kingdom of Israel into a tremendous period of peace and prosperity. There is not a doubt in my mind that when Jesus entered into the city of Jerusalem on this particular day there was a tremendous expectation and anticipation that Jesus might indeed be the Messiah whom they anticipated, and that although He had healed the sick, although He had cast out devils, although He had caused the blind to see and the dear to hear, and although He had even raised the dead, He would now restore the kingdom unto Israel. What we must needs realize and understand is that in order for the kingdom of Israel to be restored unto the people it would require throwing off and perhaps even overthrowing the current reign, rule, government, dominion and authority of Rome which was the dominant world power during those days and at that time. I firmly believe when reading the words which are found in this particular passage that those who were present at this particular day and time during the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ had some type of expectation and anticipation surrounding Jesus and His ability to perhaps conquer Rome, and even if He did not conquer Rome—at least throw and cast off the government, the authority and the dominion of Rome. There were a number of men and women alive and present during those days who wanted the authority and dominion of Rome to be cast and thrown off from them and that the nation and kingdom would be restored unto them. In order for us to truly understand and realize what this might very well have looked like for those who were present during the days of Jesus it is absolutely necessary that we turn and direct our attention to the words which are found in the Old Testament books of First Kings as well as Second Chronicles. Consider if you will the following words written and recorded within each of these Old Testament books concerning the days and reign of Solomon, the son of David, and the king of Israel:

            “And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her questions: There was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king. It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom. Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice. And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon. And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees and precious stones. And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the LORD< and for the king’s house, harps also and psalteries for singers; There came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day. And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants” (1 Kings 10:1-13).

            “Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold, beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country. And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of gold went to one target. And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three poind of gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold. The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two liions stood beside the stays. And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom. And all king Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon. For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. SO KING SOLOMON EXCEEDED ALL THE KINGS OF THE EARTH FOR RICHES AND FOR WISDOM. AND THE EARTH SOUGHT TO SOLOMON, TO HEAR HIS WISDOM, WHICH GOD HAD PUT IN HIS HEART. AND THEY BROUGHT EVERY MAN HIS PRESENT, VESSELS OF SILVER, AND VESSELS OF GOLD, AND GARMENTS, AND ARMOUR, AND SPICES, HORSES, AND MULES, A RATE YEAR BY YEAR. AND SOLOMON GATHERED TOGETHER CHARIOTS AND HROSEMEN: AND HE HAD A THOUSAND AND FOUR HUNDRED CHARIOTS, AND TWELVE THOUSAND HORSEMEN, WHOM HE BESTOWED IN THE CITIES FOR CHARIOTS, AND WITH THE KING AT JERUSALEM. And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycamore trees that are in the vale, for abundance. And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king’s merchants received the linen yarn at a price. And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their means” (1 Kings 10:14-29).

            “Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold; beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon. And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target. And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays: and twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom. And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon. For the king’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. AND KING SOLOMON PASSED ALL THE KINGS OF THE EARTH IN RICHES AND WISDOM. AND ALL THE KINGS OF THE EARTH SOUGHT THE PRESENCE OF SOLOMON TO HEAR HIS WISDOM, THAT GOD HAD PUT IN HIS HEART. AND THEY BROUGHT EVERY MAN HIS PRESENT, VESSELS OF SILVER, AND VESSELS OF GOLD, AND RAIMENT, HARNESS, AND SPICES, HORSES, AND MULES, A RATE YEAR BY YEAR. And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem. AND HE REIGNED OVER ALL THE KINGS FROM THE RIVER EVEN UNTO THE LAND OF THE PHILISTINES, AND TO THE BORDER OF EGYPT. And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycamore trees that are in the low plains in abundance. And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands” (2 Chronicles 9:13-28).

            AND KING SOLOMON PASSED ALL THE KINGS OF TH EARTH IN RICHES AND WISDOM! ALL THE KINGS OF THE EARTH SOUGHT THE PRESENCE OF SOLOMON TO HEAR HIS WISDOM, THAT GOD HAD PUT IN HIS HEART! AND HE REIGNED OVER ALL THE KINGS FROM THE RIVER EVEN UNTO THE LAND OF THE PHILISTINES, AND TO THE BORDERS OF EGYPT! SO KING SOLOMON EXCEEDED ALL THE KINGS OF TH EEARTH FOR RICHES AND FOR WISDOM! ALL THE EARTH SOUGHT TO SOLOMON, TO HEAR HIS WISDOM, WHICH GOD HAD PUT IN HIS HEART! The words which we find in each of these passages are incredibly powerful when you truly take the time to think about them, for within these passages—not only do we find king Solomon reigning over all the kings of the earth, but we also find all the kings of the earth submitting themselves to Solomon. What we have before us within these passages an incredibly strong and powerful truth surrounding the reign of Solomon king of Israel, and how it would be during the days of his reign as king over Israel there would be a tremendous peace and prosperity that would surround and be found within Israel. You cannot read the words within these passages and not encounter how Solomon made gold and silver in abundance during those days, and how kings of the earth and other nations would bring unto him treasures and supplies from their own nations and lands. Every three years the ships from Tharsish would return bringing back and bearing tremendous wealth and prosperity, and there would truly be a tremendous age of prosperity during those years. We cannot ignore and we must needs pay close attention to the words which are found within these passages of Scripture, for what we find within them is a powerful age of prosperity and peace which the son of David would indeed rule and reign over.

Of course we know that this peace and prosperity would indeed be made possible by and because of the wars and battles David his father fought, however, we must needs realize that during the days of Solomon the nation and kingdom of Israel would not have to engage in any battle, war and/or conflict with any of the surrounding nations. We know that the only time that any opposition and conflict arose against and in the midst of the nation and kingdom of Israel was during the days of Solomon’s latter years when his wives turned his heart away from following and walking with the living God, and he began to not only worship idols and false gods, but would also build altars, high places and the like for them. It would be precisely because of Solomon’s rebellion and disobedience before and in the sight of the living God that opposition would even be permitted to rise up in the first place. Even with that being said, however, we must needs realize and understand that for a large and vast majority of the days of the reign of Solomon, the son of David, and the king of Israel there was a powerful period of peace and prosperity. It would be during the days of Solomon when the Temple of the LORD would be built, and it would be during those days both the glory would be manifested in Israel, as well as the fire would come down from heaven. Stop for a moment and think about what those days and times would have been like, for during those days a new Temple would stand in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, the fire and glory of God would be manifested, there would be a powerful sense of peace and prosperity that would be manifested in the midst of the land, and Solomon would reign over all the kings of the earth. It is truly something awesome and worth thinking about and considering when you read the words found in these passages of Scripture, for it would be during the days of Solomon king of Israel that we find a tremendous and powerful period of peace and prosperity that would indeed and would in fact be marked by Solomon’s reigning over all the kings of the earth and all the kings of the earth doing obeisance unto Solomon.

The peace and prosperity that would be found during and marked by the days and reign of Solomon king of Israel must be carefully understood, for they help highlight and underscore the tremendous expectation and anticipation that would have been present during the days and times of Jesus Christ. What’s more is when you think about and consider the fact that there would be a point when Jesus would speak of the Queen of Sheba and how she traveled from a distant country that she might hear the wisdom which God had given unto Solomon. With these words being spoken we also find that Jesus would go on to declare and emphatically speak how there was one greater than Solomon who was present among them during those days. If during the days of Solomon there was a tremendous period of peace and prosperity, and if there was One among those during Jesus’ days who was greater than Solomon—what would that mean for the nation and people of Israel at that time? If during the days of Solomon all the kings of the earth sought unto Solomon to hear the wisdom his God had given him, and if during the days of Solomon he reigned over all the kings of the earth, and if there was One during the days of Jesus who was greater than Solomon—what would and what could that mean for those during the time of Jesus? There is not a doubt in my mind that there was a strong and powerful expectation surrounding Jesus when He entered into the city of Jerusalem—even though and even if He didn’t enter riding on a white stallion and/or even if He didn’t enter the city of Jerusalem riding in a chariot with footmen and horses going before and behind Him. We do know that there were those who would go before Jesus as HE entered into the city of Jerusalem, and we do know that there were those who would follow behind Him—both of whom would have strong words of praise, and rejoicing, and great joy as they did so. Oh it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we think about and consider the words which are found within this portion of Scripture, for during those days there was one who was greater than Solomon, and on this particular day this One whom men and women already knew and were well acquainted and familiar with would enter Jerusalem in an entirely different manner than He had before.

Upon reading the words found in the eleventh chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark you will find those who went before and those who went behind Jesus crying out, saying, “Hosanna; Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.” What’s more, is that not only will you find and read them shouting and crying out these words, but you will also find them crying out, saying, “Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord,” and “Hosanna in the highest.” WE must needs recognize and pay close and careful attention to the words found in this portion of Scripture, for there are essentially two distinct realities that are found here—the first being the declaration of that One who came in the name of the Lord, and the second being the kingdom of the father David. There is a great and powerful need found within this portion of Scripture to realize, recognize and understand the powerful expectation that was present when Jesus entered into the city of Jerusalem, for when He entered in He would do so in a manner similar to how Solomon would have entered in during the final days of David. IT would be during the final days of David king of Israel Solomon would be appointed to ride on David’s own mule and brought unto Gihon where he would be anointed as king over the nation and kingdom of Israel and where He would ultimately sit upon the throne of David. What marks this as truly astonishing when you take the time to think about it is when you consider the fact that Jesus speaks of the anointing earlier on during the days and times of His earthly and public ministry, for it would be in Nazareth where Jesus would indeed and would in fact quote from the words which the prophet Isaiah spoke as He would declare that the Spirit of the LORD was upon Him and had anointed Him to preach. Pretty much from the start of Jesus being publicly manifested and revealed during those days and times we not only find the voice of the Father proclaiming Jesus as His beloved Son, and we not only find the Holy Spirit descending upon Him in the bodily form of a dove, but we also find Jesus in the synagogue of Nazareth speaking and declaring of the Spirit of the Sovereign God being upon Him and anointing Him for a specific purpose, mission and assignment.

I sit here today thinking about and considering the fact that although Jesus would indeed and would in fact sit upon the throne of David, and yet when He entered into the city of Jerusalem He would not do so to be established and set up as the king over the nation and kingdom. Although Jesus would indeed and would in fact enter into the city of Jerusalem riding on a colt upon which never a man had ridden, and although they would indeed and would in fact speak of the kingdom of their father David, Jesus did not enter into the city of Jerusalem to be set up, established, ordained, appointed, and even anointed to be king over and among them. In fact, I would dare say that this is perhaps one of the main and underlying troubles many had with Him during those days, for they expected Him to restore the kingdom unto Israel, and they expected Him to establish the kingdom and nation of Israel as it was during the days of David and Solomon. The trouble is that when the people realized that Jesus did not come to establish the kingdom into the hands of Israel once more, nor restore the kingdom unto and as they were during the days of Solomon and David they quickly shifted and diverted their joy, their rejoicing, their praise, and the like. It is truly something worth considering when and as you read the words found in this passage of Scripture, for it calls and draws our attention to the wonderful and powerful truth surrounding Jesus entering into the city of Jerusalem riding on a donkey and the false expectation and anticipation they had surrounding His entrance.

THE FALSE EXPECTATIONS OF THE MESSIAH AND THE ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM! The more I think about and consider the narrative and account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem—and not only His entrance into Jerusalem, but also His actions after and upon entering into it—the more I can’t help but think about the fact that almost immediately He began demonstrating and showing that He did not come to be established and set up as king in the midst of Jerusalem. Although there might have been countless individuals who had grown tired, weary, and worn down and worn out from the rule and reign of Rome, Jesus did not enter into, nor did He come into Jerusalem to be established as king. Jesus did not come to set up and establish the kingdom of David during those days and set up the throne of David, and in fact He would move and operate in an entirely different way. Jesus would enter into the city of Jerusalem and after looking round about that which went on in the city He would depart at eventide. It would be the next day Jesus would enter into the city of Jerusalem and would immediately enter into the Temple and begin cleaning up the house of the Lord. You cannot read the words and language which are found in this passage of Scripture and encounter the awesome and powerful truth that when Jesus did indeed and did in fact enter into the city of Jerusalem He did not come as a king to be set up as a king, nor did He even show or express any interest in becoming a king. What individual who seeks to be king would immediately enter into the Temple and house of the Lord and being overthrowing the tables of money, throw out the money changers, and no longer permit anything to be bought or sold in the Temple? What individual who desired to be king—or even entered into the city of Jerusalem at that time and sought to be king—would indeed move and act as Jesus did within the Temple? If Jesus did in fact enter Jerusalem to be king then why on earth would He enter into the Temple and proceed to clean up shop, overturn tables of money, drive out money changers, and cast out all those that bought and sold? These aren’t the actions one would take who desires to be king and/or who is interested in setting himself up as king within the city of Jerusalem.

Oh what do you do when you’re expecting Jesus to establish His authority and His reign and yet what He is interested in is entering into the Temple, overturning the tables of money, casting out that which is bought and sold, and no longer allowing commerce and merchandise to be present within the sanctuary? What are you supposed to do when you’re looking for a king to set up their throne and yet what they proceed to do is enter into the Temple and proceed to overturn tables and cast out what was present within it? How do you and I respond when we are expecting Jesus to exercise and exact authority in terms of government and a kingdom and what He ultimately chooses to do, and what He ultimately seeks to do is bring cleansing within our houses of worship? You would think that after Jesus entered into Jerusalem riding on a colt and with all the fan fare and pomp and circumstance that surrounded His arrival He would march straight to where Pontius Pilate was seated and/or would even march straight to where Herod was and perhaps overthrow and cast them down. I would dare say there are times within our lives when we look for and perhaps even expect Jesus to enter in and act as a conquering King and yet that which He is most interested in is entering into the sanctuary and inner chambers of our lives and cleaning up shop. Those in Jerusalem might very well have been surprised to see Jesus on the very next day after entering into the city riding on a colt entering into the Temple and essentially unleashing holy anger and outrage in the midst of it. We know the chief priests, the scribes, the elders of Israel, and the religious elite took great offense with Jesus’ actions and actually sought to destroy Him. Oh I am absolutely and completely convinced that if Jesus had indeed come to the earth the first time as a conquering King who was actually going to restore the kingdom of Israel unto the people the religious system would never have taken offense with Him and would never have sought to destroy and crucify Him.

As I prepare to bring this writing to a close it is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand that we might very well find ourselves in a place where we are looking for, expecting and even anticipating Jesus to enter in and act as a conquering King overthrowing dominions, toppling strongholds, casting down those things which are exalted and lifted up, and yet what we find Him doing is showing up as a fuller’s soap and as a refiner’s fire. Oh we must needs realize and understand that when Jesus came to the earth the first time He didn’t come as a consuming fire but rather as a refiner’s fire—that fire which would bring cleansing. Jesus didn’t come to the earth that first time to be a consuming fire that would consume the nations of the earth and the peoples therein, but rather as a refiner’s fire that would bring cleansing. Oh how many times do we look for Jesus to consume and yet that which He ultimately desires to do is cleanse? How many times do we look for and expect consuming fire and yet that which the Lord Jesus desires to do is be a cleansing and refining fire? When Jesus entered into the Temple on the very next day He would not enter in as a consuming fire, but rather as a cleansing and refiner’s fire—a fire that would bring cleansing and purification to the courts and Temple of the Lord. It is truly astonishing and amazing to read the words which are found in this portion of Scripture and to discover how Jesus would enter into the city of Jerusalem humble, meek and lowly riding on a colt, and would even be adored upon entering into the city, and yet the very next day He would come in as a refiner’s fire and as a fuller’s soap. IT is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand this particular truth, for it calls and draws our attention to the awesome and powerful reality that there are times when we are thinking and expecting Jesus to enter in as a conquering King and to establish His throne, and to overthrow enemies, and to topple dominions, and the like, and yet that which He actually shows up to do is overthrow the tables within our Temple and sanctuary that He might bring cleansing. It was Jesus’ actions in the Temple that would further compound and fuel the fire and rage within the hearts of the scribes, the Pharisees, the chief priests, and the religious system, and would ultimately cause them to further look for ways to destroy Him.

I conclude this writing with an incredibly powerful and personal question—the question being how would you respond when you are looking for Jesus to come in as a conquering King vanquishing all of your foes, toppling thrones and kingdoms, overthrowing strongholds, and the like, and yet what He ultimately comes to do is overthrow tables within your own Temple? Would you seek to destroy Jesus from within your life simply because He did not meet the expectation you had and/or because He showed up in a manner in which you were not expecting? Would you rage, and seethe, and fume, and be angry and offended with Jesus because He did not show up as you thought, wanted and expected Him to? How would you respond if you were looking for a consuming fire, and yet Jesus comes in and enters as a refiner’s fire that is meant to cleanse, purify, purge and remove all that is not pleasing and acceptable in His sight? What we must notice is that while that which took place within the Temple might have been acceptable in the sight of the chief priests, the scribes, the elders of the people, and even those who were present within the courts of the Temple, it was not at all acceptable in the sight of the living God. Oh that we would understand and recognize this particular truth, for one of the main and underlying reasons the religious system sought to kill Him—and not only the religiou system, but also those who were present during those days and times—is because He showed up meek, and lowly, and humble riding on a colt, and did not come to be anointed, appointed, and established as King. Oh we do know that Jesus is indeed King of kings and Lord of lords, however, what we must needs realize and understand is that we must needs understand and temper our expectations concerning the Lord—and not only tempering our expectations, but also discerning the ultimate reason and purpose He has indeed and has in fact showed up.

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