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5/17/11 12:18 PM
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reverend john
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So how about a little context...

The king returns to the place of his power after an extended time away. He rides up in royal robes on a giant charger. His generals all in their finest attire follow him and then the throngs of his troops in full military discipline

The streets are lined by the royals the rich the important. Trumpets blow as the king returns and the red carpet is rolled out. The residents of the city cry out in welcome of their returning king. The king walks his horse to the temple dismounts as he is greeted by the high priest and they make sacrifices on the altar to celebrate Gods blessings. And then he takes his throne in the castle

Now we see Jesus, he rides not a brilliant white stallion but a beast of burden. His entourage is a group of poor fisherman and tax collectors and other ne'er do wells not generals in dress blues. His troops are the poor and the marginalized. They shout his praises laying down their outer garments and tree branches. There is no waiting royalty. No fanfare. The people in Jerusalem are irritated and they don't know who he even is.

Jesus goes to the temple but he is not greeted by the chief priest. He does not offer sacrifice and worship. Jesus confronts an economic system that marginalized the poor and makes the temple a place of robbery. He does this act of civil disobedience in such a calculated was as not to disturb the offerings of the poor (the doves) but only their vendors chairs

And then, still in the outer courts he offers healing to the ritually unclean. Those denied worship get to experience the real presence of God in healing. And the priests do not accept their returning king. But instead they criticize the reaction of the children to this outpouring of good will

So Jesus is subverting the return of the king. Once again we see Jesus showing himself as a king that is unlike any king of all time

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5/18/11 8:50 AM
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Dig it. Rev, have you ever seen Jim Cymbala talk on this?
5/18/11 10:27 AM
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No what is his main point?

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5/18/11 10:27 AM
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No what is his main point?

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5/18/11 1:07 PM
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It's really a sermon on the power of prayer, but he uses this chapter in it briefly. Very powerful.

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