Dear Heavenly Father: (Invocation of the Holy Spirit.) Amen.
(Palm Sunday/Passover Prayer)
Blessed Palm Sunday to you today and always. I pray that your day is peaceful and full of love , sharing and caring. We all need more of that in this world wouldn’t you say? I miss not having Palms on Sunday like we used to do when we had our church in Houston, Pa and California, Pa. the brothers and sisters there loved them. I used to be able to make the leaves into a cross but it’s been so long now, I may need some refreshing. We sure had a great time in those days making and distributing them. It seems that you get a million of those things out of one section! It would take Jesus to multiply the blessings like that, amen? Another miracle with a tree branch which is on a more positive note, unlike the tree that Jesus had to curse to the root for ‘pretending’ to look flourishing but wasn’t. In fact the fig tree parable even turned out to be positive for us because it was a lesson for us to learn about the power within. I use the phrase “pretending to look flourishing” because Jesus spoke to the tree and the tree heard Him, AND obeyed! In fact, it’s the same chapter that we are in now, Matt 21:18-20 If the tree couldn’t hear, why would Jesus speak to it? Everyone and everything obeys the voice of Jesus and those who refuse, have a very warm place to live for an eternity, no air conditioning, no water. Unbelievers will not be able to use God’s super-utilities in Hell. As Flip Wilson’s character “Geraldine” used to say “What you see is what you get,” and in this case, everlasting and uncontrollable fire.
Let’s open our swords to Matthew chapter 21 and I will read verse 1 verse 11.
The Triumphal Entry
Mat 21:1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to (Beth-fage or Beth-fa-gee) Bethphage, (means House of Figs) at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, Mat 21:2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.
Mat 21:3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”
Mat 21:4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
Mat 21:5 “TELL THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, ‘BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING TO YOU, LOWLY, AND SITTING ON A DONKEY, A COLT, THE FOAL OF A DONKEY.’ “
Mat 21:6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them.
Mat 21:7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.
Mat 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
Mat 21:9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”
Mat 21:10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
Mat 21:11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
May the Lord add a blessing to the reading of his word in Jesus name amen.
We have the power of God in us. Your brother Joshua spoke to the Sun and told it to stay up until Israel won the battle and the Sun stayed! AND! Israel won the battle. Nature speaks and nature hears as well. How else did God create everything? It hears. Genesis 1 “God said, God said, God said.” And…it happened. God spoke to dirt and trees, birds and animals appeared. Speak to your problems folks and the power of God will cause you to rise above that situation that you may be going through and your blessings will appear.
Palm Sunday and Passover are very important events in Hebrew History and for the believers who are grafted in. Matthew 21 tells the account of how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey as the people threw their clothes and palms on the ground beneath Him. That is such a high honor to have someone place their clothes on the ground for you to walk upon as men used to do women in the old days if you remember. That means that you are a very highly respected person by someone who feels that the things on the ground, that can harm you, should be covered up in order that you will be safe. They they gave it their best when they saw Him approaching their area. We should also give it our best when we ‘see’ (mainly ‘feel’) Jesus when He, with His Holy Spirit approaches. Do as He says, allow God to use you. Give God your best, give God…YOU!
At the beginning of Matthew chapter 21 we see that Jesus told to disciples to specifically go into the village and find an ass tied and a colt with her and he told them to loose them and bring them to him. And he says if anybody asks you what you’re doing just tell them that the Lord has need of them and he said once you say that, straight way they will send them. Jesus knew ahead of time that these people will allow his disciples to bring what he needed for what he was about to do. Jesus can see in the past, the present, and the future, we must remember that. Jesus can see your victories before you even begin to experience the battle.
Jesus was actually fulfilling prophecy as in Zachariah chapter 9 verse nine that says “rejoice greatly oh daughter of Zion shout out daughter of Jerusalem. Behold thy King cometh unto thee, he is just and having salvation lowly and riding upon an ass and upon a colt, the foal of an ass.” We serve an awesome God who would not tell us to be humble if he wasn’t humble himself. He could’ve had any strong and strapping horse that he wanted instead of a slow and sometimes stubborn donkey. Jesus made an example for people in the future who would be riding to church events, or those Evangelists who travel from state to state, not in a Mercedes or Beemer but in a Ford Pinto or AMC Gremlin with a busted water pump. Notice that he didn’t even separate the mother donkey from the child (the colt) even though it was going to happen to him. Jesus even had compassion on animals. It was a mother because he specifically used the female gender terminology. This more than proves that females can be used by Jesus.
Jesus had a huge following. (verse 9) The bible uses the word “multitudes.” The people began to shout “Son of David! Blessed is he comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna (save I pray, rescue, Savior!) in the highest!” And for them to call him ‘son of David’ they recognized that he was a leader. Many of them follow Jesus around and witnessed miracles and were healed themselves by him. They saw his power firsthand. And if you were ever in entertainment like I was we would call some of these people roadies. Some of you out there may get that. A roadie is a person who is employed by touring band of musicians to set up and maintain equipment. This is the way that we should treat our spiritual leaders. I am very afraid that leaders are getting disrespected anymore and I do believe that it is because of the wannabes who make it look bad for everybody else. Church – where has our discernment gone? Why is the church so easily lead anymore? Why are we so easily led by sleight of hand? And if you think about it slight of hand is what magicians do. Selah. Leaders now a days have learned how to speak, when to get quieter or louder, how to construct their sentences and so forth have no anointing whatsoever. They learn how to look and dress, speak and do the proverbial crescendo’s but God is not in it! They’ve even learned what hairstyles and clothes ‘attract’ the listener instead of allowing the Word of God attract the listener. And people fall for it hook, line and sinker.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem with all of the people surrounding him giving him proper respect as they should have, there were of course inescapable questions. People were wanting to know who he was. They were saying “Who is this?” And the multitude said , “this is Jesus the Prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” As I was researching this years ago I found that JESUS was doing healings amongst all of the people in the little towns near Jerusalem. This is how they knew him because of the beautiful things that he did for them. And just think he didn’t even have to use slight-of-hand which is only temporal magic, or entertainment, he was literally giving people a newness they had not experienced before straight from the throne of God, straight from the Golden and Sapphire Throne. The ‘woke’ ones followed him, the hard-hearted or spiritually blind or doubting ones didn’t. Some people may appreciate what you do for them and others will not just like the lepers who got healed and only one, (1/10th) came back to thank him. (Luke 17:12.) That means something to me. A tenth gave God glory and thanks. What else can you think of that is 1/10 that gives God glory and thanks? I digress.
Further in the chapter when he is turning the tables on the money changers in the temple, telling them that they had turned his fathers house into a den of thieves, he quotes another prophecy to them from Psalm chapter 8 verse 2 that says “yay, have you never read out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou has perfected praise?” Jesus loves the little children surely. While reading Matthew chapter 21, I cannot help but to discern by the Holy Spirit, that Jesus must have thought about the Roman soldiers gambling for his special garment as he was beaten, spit upon, slapped, WWB (walking while bleeding,) hanging on the Cross, dying for you and me, while watching the people in the temple exchanging goods and animals and God only knows what else, for money. Now here’s the catch. I preached a few Sundays ago in my “Get out of the System” message, this world is being run by the devils commerce. (The act of buying and selling.) He tells his imps – who is to get money, and who is not going to get money. That is not Gods way of providing for his people. In fact one of Gods names is Jehovah Jireh our provider. (Gen 22:14 ) God would never have people use his temple, which as Jesus said is a place of prayer, as a market place. Actually the marketplace and the temple were to be two separate entities. There is no where in the Bible where it tells us that Jesus went to the temple to buy anything. When he was a teenager he went to the temple to read the word of God to his elders. They even said that they never heard anyone speak as strongly and wisely as Jesus did. There was no selling of doves, no coins, no gold, no silver, no notes. Just the word.
Now, on to Passover. Passover is a celebration of when the Jews were freed from slavery. Exodus Chapters 3-14
God brought 10 plagues upon the Egyptian’s until they agreed to let the Jews go from their land. They were all forced into backbreaking labor, building cities of treasure Houses for Pharaoh and even dying in Egypt as well. It was a very frightening place.
After Moses was released from being a Prince because he was outed as being a Jew, he married one of Jethro’s daughters, was called by God to lead the Hebrews, and continued to tell hard-hearted Pharaoh to let God’s people go. Pharaoh repeatedly refused each request. Aaron’s staff turns into a snake and swallows the magic sticks of the Egyptian sorcerers. There is no power equal to our Father’s power.
Pharaoh still refuses to let the Jews go. Moses warns him that G‑d will smite Egypt. Pharaoh remains untouched. G‑d begins to send a series of plagues upon the Egyptians. In the throes of each plague, Pharaoh promises to let the Children of Israel go; but he reneges the moment the affliction is removed.
1) Aaron strikes the Nile, the waters turn to blood;
2) Swarms of frogs overrun the land;
3) Lice infest all men and beasts. Still, Pharaoh remains stubborn;
4) Hordes of flies invade the cities,
5) a pestilence kills the domestic animals,
6) painful boils afflict the Egyptians.
7) Fire and ice combine to descend from the skies as a devastating hail. Still, “the heart of Pharaoh was hardened and he would not let the children of Israel go; as G‑d had said to Moses.”
The people of Egypt have suffered too much. They beg Pharaoh to let the Jews go. When Moses comes to warn Pharaoh of the eighth plague, Pharaoh says: You say that you want to go serve your G‑d? I’ll let the men go, as long as the women and children stay behind. No, says Moses, we must all go, men women and children, cattle and herds. Pharaoh once again refuses.
The next plagues descends upon Egypt.
8) a swarm of locusts devours all the crops and greenery;
9) a thick, palpable darkness envelops the land.
The Israelites are instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid is to be slaughtered and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of every Israelite home, so that G‑d should pass over these homes when He comes to kill the Egyptian firstborn. The roasted meat of the offering is to be eaten that night together with matzah (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs.
Then G‑d brings the tenth plague upon Egypt,
10) all the firstborn of Egypt are killed at the stroke of midnight of the 15th of the month of Nissan.
Exodus chapter 12 – God tells Moses how to perform the Passover by getting a lamb without blemish, kill it and place it’s blood by using hyssop dipped in it, on the two side posts and upper post of each house’s door and remain inside. They also have to eat the meat, roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. (No raw meat! Like we practically eat today which is most likely not kosher.) 12:12 God says that He will pass through the land of Egypt that night and will smite all of the firstborn in the land, both man and beast because He is the Lord. The blood shall be a token upon the houses where the were and when He sees it He will pass over them. Pasach “to hop over.” God tells them to place the blood on the posts because without a foundation there is no door!
The Exodus: Soon after allowing the Children of Israel to depart from Egypt, Pharaoh chases after them to force their return, and the Israelites find themselves trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the sea. G‑d tells Moses to raise his staff over the water; the sea splits to allow the Israelites to pass through, and then closes over the pursuing Egyptians. Moses and the Children of Israel sing a song of praise and gratitude to G‑d. And this is not the only account of the Red Sea splitting for God’s people. If He split their barriers then, He can do it for you too.
KEY SYMBOLS OF THE PASSOVER
“In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb.. , . “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year….
“And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening” (Exodus 12:3, 5-6).
In the Book, Christ In the Passover, Ceil and Moishe Rosen point out that “the family had to watch it [the lamb] carefully for four days before the Passover to make sure it was healthy and perfect in every way…. It must have won the affection of the entire household” (Chicago: Moody Press, 1978], pp. 25-26).
Killing the lamb truly became a sacrifice. The price that had to be paid foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The scriptures refer to Jesus as the Lamb of God over forty times.
Just as Israel was saved by the blood of the paschal lamb, we are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, “our passover [who was] sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7). It is important to point out the following parallels between the paschal lamb and the life of Christ:
- Both were the firstborn, without blemish (see Exodus 12:5).
- Both were to have no broken bones; the paschal lamb was to be prepared whole (see Exodus 12:46).
- Both the paschal lamb’s and Christ’s blood were to be used as a token and sign of redemption (see Exodus 12: 13).
- Both the paschal lamb’s and Christ’s blood was spilled; the blood of the paschal lamb flowed into the bason (see Exodus 12:22).
At the Seder, an unbroken, roasted shankbone now represents the lamb and its sacrifice.
The Unleavened Bread (Matzah)
Matzah symbolizes the haste in which the Israelites left Egypt; they did not have time to wait for their bread dough to rise. Leaven, referred to in the scriptures and by Church leaders as both a good symbol (as in the parable of the leaven in Matthew 13:33) and a symbol for sin (as in Matthew 16:6), is used to increase the mass of bread dough prior to baking. In Hebrew, the word matzah means sweet. The Hebrew word for leavened bread is chomatz, which also means sour or bitter. The same leavening agents that make bread rise can also spoil it if they ferment too long. Thus, the Apostle Paul said, “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened….
“Therefore let us keep the feast, not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:7-8).
As part of their preparation for the Passover, Jews remove all the leaven (bread and its ingredients) from their homes, they neither eat nor have leavened items in their homes for the entire eight-day period (see Exodus 12:19).
At the beginning of the modem Seder, three pieces of matzah are wrapped in a cloth and set aside for use during the ceremony. Jews have a number of different interpretations of what the three matzot (plural form) represent. Some say the matzot symbolize the three divisions of Judaism-priests, Levites, and Israelites-united as one. Others say they represent the three great patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We may see allusions to the three personages of the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. This last interpretation is compelling as we see how these three matzot are used.
After the first cup of wine (grape juice) and the washing of the hands (see John 13:4-5), the middle of the three matzot (the Son) is broken into two pieces, a large piece and a smaller one. The large piece, called the afikomen (the dessert), is wrapped in a napkin and hidden in the room for later use, after the meal is consumed, the children search the room for the missing afikomen. When the children find the afikomen, the leader of the Seder must pay a ransom to the child who found it. After the leader pays the ransom, the afikomen can be eaten by all. It is the last thing eaten at the Seder. At this point in the Last Supper, Jesus instituted the sacrament. Jesus and his disciples ate the afikomen, which represented his body, and drank the third cup of wine, the cup of redemption, which represented his blood (see Luke 22:19-20).
Other Symbols and Their Meaning
Other foods traditionally eaten during the modern seder as well as their significance are listed below:
• Bitter herbs remind us of the bitterness of slavery or the bitterness of sin in our lives.
• Roasted eggs represent the second offering, known as the “festival or pilgrim offering.” The egg may also represent new life or the resurrection.
• Haroset is a mixture of apples, dates, nuts, and grapes that represents the mortar used with bricks to build the Egyptian cities.
• Greens dipped in salt water (to represent tears) symbolize the arrival of spring or the newness of life out of bondage.
The rich symbolism of the first Passover and the Jewish observance can be used to teach about the Lord’s use of types and symbols, particularly in the Old Testament, and to help better understand the scriptures.
Are you saved? Now is the time to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. With all that is going on around the world, you need a friend. Jesus can be that special friend if you allow Him into your life. He is your helper and His Holy Spirit is your Comforter.
If you are not saved, just repeat the Romans Road after me: Say “Jesus, I repent of my sins, I am so sorry Lord. I believe that you died on the cross and rose 3 days later from the dead, just for me and I accept what you have done, I accept you as my Savior. Thank you Jesus, amen.” Now go find a bible believing, Holy Ghost filled church and learn of Him, it’s never too late. Your new life starts now. All old things are gone away. God throws them as far as the East if from the West. Now….go live, laugh and love!
Num 6:24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
Num 6:25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
Num 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Thank you for coming on today and I pray that your week goes by Victoriously!
Rev Essie signing off! God bless and have a great day!