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Monday, May 14, 2012

Bible Study - verse by verse # 57

Matthew 20:28 A ransom was the price paid to release a slave from bondage. Jesus often told His disciples that He must die, but here He told them why - to redeem all people from the bondage of sin and death. The disciples thought that as long as Jesus was alive, He could save them. But Jesus revealed that only His death would save them and the world.

Matthew 20:30 The blind men called Jesus "Son of David" because the Jews knew that the Messiah would be a descendant of David. These blind beggers could see that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, while the religious leaders who witnessed Jesus' miracles were blind to His identity, refusing to open their eyes to the truth. Seeing with your eyes doesn't guarantee seeing with your heart.

Matthew 21:2-5 Matthew mentions a donkey and a colt, while the other Gospels mention only the colt. This was the same event, but Matthew focuses on the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9, where a donkey and a colt are mentioned. He shows how Jesus' actions fulfilled the prophet's words, thus giving another indication that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey's colt, he affirmed His messianic royalty as well as
His humility.

Matthew 21:8 This verse is one of the few places where the Gospels record that Jesus' glory is recognized on earth. Jesus boldly declared Himself King, and the crowds gladly joined Him. But these same people would bow to political pressure and desert Him in just a few days. Today we celebrate this event on Palm Sunday. That day should remind us to guard against superficial acclaim for Christ.

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