QT – Matthew 21

Vs. 15, “But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.”  This would be a sign to come as Jesus would enter the “passion” week before His ultimate sacrifice.  Prophecy is fulfilled in this passage (Zech. 9:9) as Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey.  Here’s an interesting fact…it’s assumed Jesus was showing His humility by riding on a donkey, but back in biblical times, donkey’s were ridden by Kings.  In other words…Jesus had a “pimped” ride…a modern day Mercedes or even Rolls Royce.  The donkey signifies Jesus was riding in Jerusalem with peace…a horse would display not peace but war.  We read on with second cleansing of the temple, the wilting fig tree picturing Israel, and the last three parables.

Regarding application…Prayer.  Vs. 22, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”  This past Sunday I exhorted the Youth group to pray more as 2010 begins.  At CTC Church, we’ve been meeting evey morning at 5:30 a.m. (Yikes) to pray for the transition to our new church site.  Whew…early morning prayer is not easy to go to, especially when you are not a morning person.  Question: What is one ingredient that is needed in prayer?  Faith.  I’ve been very encouraged this week as I have sought the Lord each day in His Word and in prayer.  Prayer helps me to realize just how much I need to depend upon Him.  The Youth Group has our retreat in Mid-February and already I feel my human anxiousness build up.  But prayer has tempered this and has given me a renewed sense of peace.  I’m excited for 2010 and what God has in store for us as we seek Him out in prayer and faith!