EP65 Palm Sunday

Hello and welcome to episode 65 of The Berean Manifesto brought to you by The Ekklesian House. This is Pastor Bill and over the next 10 minutes or so we’re going to talk about Palm Sunday. What exactly is Palm Sunday?
 
That’s the first time we’ve ever had music on The Berean Manifesto podcast. That’s "If Camila Cabello's "Havana" were a Christian song by Beckah Shae" (No relation to this Shea).
 
Less than a week before the crucifixion, Jesus and the disciples headed to Jerusalem for Passover and came to Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples ahead telling them, “Go ahead of us into the village. You will find a donkey tied there with a young colt, on which no one has ever sat. Untie the colt and bring it to me. If anyone asks you, “Why are you doing this?” say, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.” So they went and found a donkey and colt outside in the street, tied by a door. They untied it, and some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They answered them just as Jesus had said; so they let them go.  This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: Tell Daughter Zion, “See, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey’s colt.” They brought the colt; then they laid their clothes on it, and He sat on it. A very large crowd spread their clothes on the road while others were cutting palm branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. The disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen crying out: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven!  Some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out.” Then the crowds, which were there when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, who went ahead of Jesus and those who followed began to shout: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord – The King of Israel! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When He entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar, saying, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.” Then the Pharisees said to one another, “You see? You’ve accomplished nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!”
 
This word that the bible records they were shouting that has become somewhat of a rallying cry of Palm Sunday for churches around the world:
G5614 ὡσαννά hōsanna ho-san-nah' Of Hebrew origin [H3467] and [H4994]; oh save!; hosanna (that is, hoshia-na), an exclamation of adoration: - hosanna.
is actually a Greek transliteration for what the crowd was actually yelling. It’s two different Hebrew words:
H3467 יָשַׁע yâsha‛ yaw-shah' A primitive root; properly to be open, wide or free, that is, (by implication) to be safe; causatively to free or succor: -  X at all, avenging, defend, deliver (-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-iour), get victory.
And
H4994 נָא nâ' naw A primitive particle of incitement and entreaty, which may usually be rendered I pray, now or then; added mostly to verbs (in the imperative or future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjugation: - I beseech (pray) thee (you), go to, now, oh.
This Hebrew phrase would be, yasha’ na’, there is only one other verse in the bible where it’s found that people are saying it, and even in the New Testament they use the Greek transliteration for it of Hosanna, but in Psalm 118:25 it says, “Lord, save us! Lord, please grant us prosperity!” When added to the next verse, 26, “He who comes in the name of the Lord is blessed. From the house of the Lord we bless you.” This is want the people would say, yell, or chant during the coronation of a new king of Israel.
 
There’s really a lot going on here in this section of the scriptures. New kings would ride into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey while the people were crying out yasha’ na’. And they would cut palm branches to wave in the air or lay on the path. All this sounds very familiar with the piece of scripture we read, right? On top of that there was a militant group in Jerusalem that who had taken to carrying around palm branches and yelling, “Yasha’ Na’!” through the streets. Before Jesus had come, before all the hubub of was Jesus the Messiah or not, before He had started doing miracles this group was doing this. You see this group of people believed that the time of the Messiah was at hand, the Jewish Messiah. And they had made it their purpose to undermine the Romans at every turn to make it easier for the Messiah to kick the Romans out of Israel when he came. It was because of this that the Romans passed a law that no palm branches were to be allowed within the city limits anymore.
 
But the detail that is the most striking to me, and it’s not by accident, I know this it was by design. That the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of the donkey was the day that the sheep deemed acceptable to be sacrificed for Passover would be brought into the city. According to Exodus 12, each family was to take a sheep that day, the 10th of the month of Nisan, and live with it in their home. That day we celebrate as Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Trying to fulfill that law as a Jewish family, if their family was too small to eat a whole lamb at Passover then they could share the lamb with a neighboring family. The lamb would stay with them until the 14th of the month when it would then be taken back to the temple to be sacrificed by the priests. Each of these days, from the day that the lambs were supposed to be taken into some ones home, on through till the 13th. Jesus spent his days in the temple, His Father’s house, teaching and healing people and at night He would travel back to Bethany and He would spend the evenings and the nights with the Disciples, and Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and Simon the leper; people that were the closest to Him,  His family. On the evening of the 13th He had the last supper with the disciples in Jerusalem and then they traveled to the Garden of Gethsemane, I’m sure the disciples assumed that they were on their way back to Bethany. But, that night Jesus was arrested and on the 14th, the very same day the lambs were supposed to be sacrificed for Passover, He was crucified. At 3 PM in the afternoon, the same time that the sacrificing of the lambs was to begin in the temple, Jesus died, and the veil in the temple that separated the sanctuary from the Holy of Holies was torn in two from the top down.
 
Hosanna to our king Jesus. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Alpha and Omega, He who is the beginning and the end. The one who Was, and Is, and Is to come. Remember how loaded that word is and the story around it this time of year when you see and hear that word, Hosanna.
 
Until next time…
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