“As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: ‘BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’” (37-38)
I think I’ve mentioned before how the triumphal entry made via colt through this particular gate was saturated in prophetic imagery. Perhaps most notably, it parallels the route Solomon rode into Jerusalem when he was pronounced king instead of Adonijah (1 Kings 1). It also is the reverse of the glory cloud leaving the temple and the city (Ezekiel 10) via the east gate.
While it was clear to Israel that this moment signified Jesus as their coming Messiah King, his first acts were less expected.
This chapter contains three stories about money, and namely, how it interacts with the Kingdom Jesus represents.
One: Zacchaeus￼’ experience with Him leads to a generous restoring of money back from anyone and everyone he’s ever cheated, Jesus responds, “today salvation has come to this house!” (9)
Two: Jesus tells a parable about investing, summarizing with, “‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.” (26)
Three: Jesus drives out the merchants in the temple, saying “It is written, ‘AND MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” (46)
The Bible talks about money so much. What has studying it changed in your personal finances? Are you generous? Are you free of exploitation? Do you steward what you have well? Has your faith been commercialized?
As we celebrate a season of thanksgiving, a King that’s come, generosity, love and light in dark places, what principles will you carry with you into the New Year? How will your finances reflect His Kingdom?