April 14, 2014

Holy Week: Monday

We’re in the midst of a journey following Jesus the week before He endured the cross. As we read along, I hope we take in the awe of Old Testaments prophecies being fulfilled by Christ. Let’s dive in to today’s readings.

400+ years before Jesus was born, the prophet Malachi received this message from God …

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.  But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.  He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord.

(Malachi 3:1-3, emphasis added)

 And the Old Testament prophet Zechariah wrote …

And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the Lord.” And the pots in the house of the Lord shall be as the bowls before the altar.  And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to the Lord of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the Lord of hosts on that day.

(Zechariah 14:20-21, emphasis added)

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On this day, Jesus went to Jerusalem and brought Old Testament prophecies to pass. Shortly after entering the town, Jesus went to the Temple.  The Bible tells us in Isaiah 56:6-7, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” And in Jeremiah 7:11, “Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the Lord.”

Let’s take a look at the New Testament fulfillment! 

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.  He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them,“Yes; have you never read,

“‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
you have prepared praise’?” [referring to Psalm 8:2]

And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

(Matthew 21:12-17, emphasis added)

And again in another New Testament passage  …

The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.  And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.  And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”  His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” [referring to Psalm 69:9]

So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?”  Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”  The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”  But he was speaking aboutthe temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

(John 2:13-22, emphasis added)

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For more indepth reading, head over to Desiring God’s article, “No Turning Back.

There is so much to look forward to this week! I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for more. Thanks!

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xoxo,
Sam

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