Scripture Reading: Luke 19:28-48
And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
Rejoice—be full of cheer. Loud—great, large, big number. Quote from Psalm 118—what was viewed as a Messianic Psalm. Mighty works—works of power.
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
Pharisees willing to call Him a master, or rabbi, King or Messiah? Don’t think so!
Rebuke—forbid your disciples for applying this messianic passage to you! Jesus Christ and his marvelous works were worthy of praise, if people didn’t do it, creation would! What people said is truth—He is King and Messiah.
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
The city who recently celebrated Him He now weeps over. The peace of God is with them now, but their eyes don’t see. Visitation—oversee, inspect. To help or to judge. Christ came in mercy to give peace.
And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.
His first cleansing he called it a “house of merchandise.” John 2:16. This time it’s a den of thieves, the gathering place of those who plunder. Attentive—hung on every word. Common people were cool with Jesus, not the leaders.
Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
He is cast down and doesn’t want other believers to lose faith because of his sorry state. He gets rejected for obeying God.
Confounded—put to shame, humiliate, insult.
Zeal—fervent love for things of God. Eaten me up—exhausted me.
69:5—you know my foolishness and sin
69:4—they hate me without cause.
My bad situation is not a result of sin but faithfulness, there’s no reason why they should hate me, I’m aware I’m not perfect, but this is ridiculous!
10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.11 I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.13 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
Those I wept over shamed me. His misery merely gave ammunition to those who gave up on God before but are doing just fine. They made a drinking song about his misery. He has nowhere else to look but to God for salvation and mercy.
But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.
30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm ends with God paying attention to and lifting up the poor and hurting. Zion will be restored and peace will reign. Praise God!