Sunday, April 01, 2012

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord


And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee...
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,
And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there (Mt 21:1-11,14-17).
His Grace tweeted last night that the coincidence of Palm Sunday with All Fools’ Day presented a religio-political blog with something of a dilemma: how appropriate is it to fool some people with jokes, trivia and levity on the day which heralds the beginning of Holy Week? And yet there is a sense in which the commissioning of a hoax is apposite. For as Jesus descended the Mount of Olives on this day, he borrowed a donkey to enter Jerusalem not as the long-prophesied conquering Messiah, but as a man of humility and poverty. He didn't hire his donkey: he borrowed it. And he rode in the company of pilgrims who were visting the city for Passover celebrations. They expected the Messianic Kingdom was about to begin. And they were fooled, if not fools.

As they cried ‘Hosannah!’ to the triumphant Messiah, they could have had no idea of the events which were about to unfold. Even today, there are fools who say in their hearts that there is no God. And still others who say that if there is, it was not Jesus. But none is more foolish than the man who knows in his heart that God exists and that Christ is that God, but still he will not humble himself before Him, to love, honour and obey.

32 Comments:

Blogger len said...

The wisdom of God is concealed in the Cross of Calvary.

It was the desire for wisdom (apart from God) that caused the fall of man.

And God has reversed that which caused the fall of man through the 'foolishness of the Cross.'

There is a wisdom' from above' which comes from God and there is a wisdom which comes from 'below'which is earthly, demonic.

The 'weakness' of God is stronger than the 'strength' of men and this is perfectly reflected in the crucified Christ.

A man created 'god'would have appeared as a King dressed in fine robes sitting on a golden throne issuing proclamations and commands.

But the 'King of Kings', God clothed in human flesh revealed himself to mankind as a humble carpenter who came to serve not to be served.He atoned for the sin of Humanity without complaint in total humility and totally identified Himself with us and became the perfect mediator between us and a Holy God.

It is in humility that we find God and sadly we do not find much of that virtue in this fallen World.

1 April 2012 at 13:13  
Blogger Derek T Northcote said...

Can't you people do anything without it involving some kind of personal reward..... from your God.

1 April 2012 at 13:21  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Northcote. As a gay, or ‘suckling’, the text is for you too. Not too late to save your wretched soul, don’t you know...

1 April 2012 at 13:28  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Palm Sunday

It was a sunny day
just like today
I suppose

The crowd
waved palms
yelled for more

They did this
on both occasions
I believe

1 April 2012 at 14:02  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Your Grace

In Jacob’s prophecy that the ruler of nations would come through his son, Judah ;

Genesis 49:10
10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

This was fulfilling a prophecy regarding the 1st coming of the Messiah, meaning the scepter (rule of law and the ability of the sanhedrin to pronounce the death penalty) would not leave their authority till the Messiah came.

The jews thought the word of God had been broken when the law was usurped by the Romans, (but they didn't realize there was a young boy up in Nazareth with a destiny, working away in his earthly father's carpenter's business!)thus they had to send Our Lord Jesus Christ to Pilate for sentencing

The term "scepter" refers to their tribal identity and the right to apply and enforce Mosaic Laws and adjudicate capital offenses: '(jus gladii', Supreme jurisdiction. The right to absolve from, or condemn a man to death.)

It is significant that even during their 70-year Babylonian captivity (606-537 B.C.)
1. The tribes retained their tribal identity.
2. They retained their own logistics, judges, etc.

The term "Shiloh" was understood by the early rabbis and Talmudic authorities as referring to the Messiah.

In 6-7 A.D., King Herod's son and successor, Herod Archelaus, was dethroned and banished to Vienna, a city in Gaul. Archelaus was the second son of Herod the Great.
The older son, Herod Antipater, was murdered by Herod the Great, along with other family members. (It was quipped at the time that it was safer to be a dog in that household than a member of the family!) Archelaus' mother was a Samaritan (1/4 or less of Jewish blood) and was never accepted. After the death of Herod (4 B.C.?), Archelaus had been placed over Judea as "Entharch" by Caesar Augustus. Broadly rejected, he was removed in 6-7 A.D.

He was replaced by a Roman procurator named Caponius. The legal power of the Sanhedrin was immediately restricted and the adjudication of capital cases was lost. This was normal Roman policy.

This transfer of power is mentioned in both the Talmud8 and by Josephus:

After the death of the procurator Festus, when Albinus was about to succeed him, the high priest Ananius considered it a favorable opportunity to assemble the Sanhedrin. He therefore caused James, the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, and several others, to appear before this hastily assembled council, and pronounced upon them the sentence of death by stoning. All the wise men and strict observers of the law who were at Jerusalem expressed their disapprobation of this act... Some even went to Albinus himself, who had departed to Alexandria, to bring this breach of the law under his observation, and to inform him that Aranius had acted illegally in assembling the Sanhedrin without the Roman authority.
This remarkable passage not only mentions Jesus and His brother James as historical figures, it also underscores that the authority of the Sanhedrin had already been passed to the Romans.
When the members of the Sanhedrin found themselves deprived of their right over life and death, they covered their heads with ashes and their bodies with sackcloth, and bemoaned, marching through the streets of Jerusalem, "Woe unto us for the scepter has departed from Judah and the Messiah has not come!"

They actually thought that the Torah, the Word of God, had failed! They should have known better.

The scepter had, indeed, been removed from Judah, but Shiloh had come. While the Jews wept in the streets of Jerusalem, a young son of a carpenter was growing up in Nazareth.

1 April 2012 at 14:30  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

continued

He would present Himself as the Meshiach Nagid, Messiah the King, on the VERY DAY which had been predicted by the Angel Gabriel to Daniel five centuries earlier and verified as true by the Septuagint, that was finalised the Hebrew scriptures into Greek in 270 BC, nearly 300 years before Christ was crucified.

(In fact, every detail of His life had been foretold in precise detail centuries earlier in the Word of God.)

Jacob added another prophecy about this Messiah:

Genesis 49:11

11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:.

Similarly, the prophet Zechariah linked the Messiah’s coming with a donkey and a colt:

Zechariah 9:9

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O 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.

Just before Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, He instructed two of his disciples,

Matt. 21:1,2,6,7

Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. ... The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.

Although no gospel account states that Jesus, after completing His ride into Jerusalem, tethered the donkey to a vine and the colt to a branch, I have no doubt that He did (thereby fulfilling Jacob’s prophecy. Interestingly, Jesus later referred to Himself as the “true vine” (John 15:1), and there are Old Testament references to the Messiah (Jesus) as a “Branch” (Isa. 11:1; Zech. 6:12)

Peace and Joy be on all at this blog over the coming season. Chag Pesach Sameach.

Ernst

1 April 2012 at 14:35  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace;
Please choose some music that is cheerful and understandable.

1 April 2012 at 15:01  
Blogger Oswin said...

Ernst @ 14:45 : I enjoyed that; thank you. Peace and joy to you too.

1 April 2012 at 16:10  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Ernst, the greatest theologian cat in the history of mankind.
Thank you for you comments and God Bless.

1 April 2012 at 16:11  
Blogger non mouse said...

Your Grace - thank you for the insight into foolishness!

I guess the video illustrates something of your point? Those prancing females seem "inappropriate," especially in front of the children.

1 April 2012 at 16:13  
Blogger non mouse said...

PS: Blogger's all over the place today ... hope (most) other communicants aren't having this much inconvenience.:)

1 April 2012 at 16:15  
Blogger Nancy Wallace said...

You have to be a fool - a holy fool -to follow the man on the donkey all the way he leads this Holy Week.

1 April 2012 at 18:02  
Blogger Derek T Northcote said...

Office of Inspector General -

Keep your religion to yourself.

Stop soiling me with it.

1 April 2012 at 18:44  
Blogger Alfred of Wessex said...

Mr Integrity 1 April 2012 15:01

For you and those not blessed with a knowledge of Latin, try this, which tells the whole story in our own tongue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&v=YksTeR61O1I&gl=US

"From the squalor of a borrowed stable,
By the spirit and a virgin's faith;
To the anguish and the shame of scandal
Came the Saviour of the human race!
But the skies were filled, with the praise of heav'n,
Shepherds listen as the angels tell
Of the Gift of God, come down to man
At the dawning of Immanuel

King of heaven now the Friend of sinners,
Humble servant in the Father's hands,
Filled with power and the Holy Spirit,
Filled with mercy for the broken man
Yes he walked my road, and He felt my pain,
Joys and sorrows that I know so well;
Yet His righteous steps, give me hope again -
I will follow my Immanuel!

Through the kisses of a friend's betrayal,
He was lifted on a cruel cross;
He was punished for a world's transgressions,
He was suffering to save the lost
He fights for breath, He fights for me
Loosing sinners from the claims of hell;
And with a shout, our souls are free -
Death defeated by Immanuel!

Now He's standing in the place of honour,
Crowned with glory on the highest throne,
Interceding for His own beloved
Till His Father calls us to bring them home!
Then the skies will part, as the trumpet sounds
Hope of heaven or the fear of hell;
But the Bride will run, to her Lover's arms,
Giving glory to Immanuel!

Stuart Townend, 1999 Thankyou Music"

1 April 2012 at 18:47  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Northcote. You contribute to a right wing Christian blog site and you want the Inspector to WHAT ?

1 April 2012 at 18:59  
Blogger len said...

Nancy Wallace,

Jesus says we should take up our cross and follow Him.(If we desire to be saved that is)
This is the Wisdom of God... to gain our lives by by losing them! This of course makes no sense to those imbued with Worldly 'wisdom' .
If we lay down our lives(at the Cross) God will takes our lives redeems them then give them back to us.
God is a Creator.. THE Creator and He can take a worthless life and transform it into a Life of inestimable value.
This is the' foolishness'(in the eyes of the Worldly) of the Cross of Jesus Christ.

God`s intention is to restore man to God`s original intention for man.God places His Spirit within the spirit of man and transforms him.This is called being 'born again' (from above) redeemed , etc.
So in the eyes of the World one does indeed have to become a 'fool' to have ones eyes opened to ones true condition and the remedy!.

1 April 2012 at 19:19  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Len. That woman you’ve just posted to is a CoE priestess according to her profile ! Assuming she is not insane, that makes this bird an imposter !!

1 April 2012 at 19:26  
Blogger Flossie said...

Mr Integrity - Hosanna in excelsis (Hosanna in highest). Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini (Blessed is he who comes in name of Lord)from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem. A bit strange in parts, but quite exciting, I think.

1 April 2012 at 19:33  
Blogger non mouse said...

A passing response to Your Grace's wisdom on the foolishness of fools.

Our problem is that we all are fools: or we wouldn't have to be in this world. We would have stayed with the souls who did not Fall, had pride not blinded us to the Omniscience of the Almighty.

Out challenge here at the gate of Hell is to mitigate our nonsense. We can learn gladly, like Chaucer's cleric, or....

1 April 2012 at 20:18  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

What’s all this mouse. Are you suggesting we are down here as a punishment ?

1 April 2012 at 21:07  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Gay Butterfly said...

Cressida de Nova said...

Palm Sunday

It was a sunny day
just like today
I suppose

The crowd
waved palms
yelled for more

They did this
on both occasions
I believe


Moving, gentle, poignant and insightful, Cressy. Thank you.

2 April 2012 at 00:38  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

All is forgiven Doddles.
You are now back in Cressida's good book. It is very gracious and sweet of you to make such a positive comment about my poem.
I will smile all day.X

2 April 2012 at 04:58  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

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2 April 2012 at 22:00  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

"Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do"

2 April 2012 at 22:02  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

cressida

I have just seen your comment about 'Daffy Duck' and 'Mother Goose' directed to, of all people, the weasel.

Apologise.

3 April 2012 at 00:13  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

I am surprised that you take umbrage with these endearments bestowed upon you and your bosom
buddy.

NON (Madame Merteuil)

3 April 2012 at 02:03  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Endearments?! You are showing yourself to be faithless.

You insult the Inspector and I with these characturisations, preferring to liaise with a pussy obsessed weasel and a man with a fetish for female Tudor attire. You mistake these oddities for lovely, quiet gentle and civilised traits?

My Genghis has been well and truely Khaned, I say!

3 April 2012 at 13:51  
Blogger len said...

Well Dodo,

A plump overstuffed duck and the irascible Inspector(of Heaven knows what) Who have insulted, leered, and leached over every female on this blog.
If you two are a prime example of Catholicism no wonder the Lady seeks to escape.(And even the siren voice of the lovesick Duck has fallen on deaf ears)

And you have the cheek to call me odd?.


BTW Dodo, 'double entendres' are soo old hat!)

3 April 2012 at 19:35  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Mr's Slocumbe

"I hope we're not going to be late tonight. Because I've left Winston clinging to the curtain ring--he refuses to come down. The mere sight of my pussy drives him mad."

3 April 2012 at 19:49  
Blogger len said...

Dodo you perfectly portray all the features of a 'carnal Christian' and I bet you don`t even realise what is happening?.

I could go on but this is boring.

3 April 2012 at 20:00  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Mrs Slocombe aid ...
"I could go on but this is boring."

It's never, ever stopped you before!

" ... would you hold my pussy while I alight?"

3 April 2012 at 21:05  
Blogger Oswin said...

Hm, Dodo as 'Mr Punch' more like. ''That's the way to do it'' NOT!

Keep him away from the baby, and NEVER let him 'have at' the sausages after midnight! :o)

4 April 2012 at 15:31  

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