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Lesson # Matt. 21:15-17
Study Material - Matt. 21:15-17
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15 And [de] when the chief priests [archiereus] and [kai] scribes [grammateus] saw [eido] the wonderful things [thaumasios] that [hos] he did [poieo] , and [kai] the children [pais] crying [krazo] in [en] the temple [hieron] , and [kai] saying [lego] , Hosanna [hosanna] to the Son [huios] of David [Dabid] ; they were sore displeased [aganakteo] ,
16 And [kai] said [epo] unto him [autos] , Hearest thou [akouo] what [tis] these [houtos] say [lego] ? And [de] Jesus [Iesous] saith [lego] unto them [autos] , Yea [nai] ; have ye never [oudepote] read [anaginosko] , [hoti] Out of [ek] the mouth [stoma] of babes [nepios] and [kai] sucklings [thelazo] thou hast perfected [katartizo] praise [ainos] ?
17 And [kai] he left [kataleipo] them [autos] , and went [exerchomai] out of [exo] the city [polis] into [eis] Bethany [Bethania] ; and [kai] he lodged [aulizomai] there [ekei] . KJV-Interlinear
15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were crying out in the temple and saying, 'Hosanna to the Son of David,' they became indignant, 16 and said to Him, 'Do You hear what these are saying?' And Jesus said to them, 'Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babes Thou hast prepared praise for Thyself'?' 17 And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and lodged there. NAS
The chief priests (emphasis on their rank - chief) observe the very miracles they have been hearing about for a couple of years now. They see and hear children (more specifically teenage boys) acknowledging Jesus as the Son of David and again the 'Hosanna' cry which was yelled out by the general public on the previous day as Jesus entered the city on the back of a colt. But this 'Hosanna' carries a different connotation.
On the previous day, 'save now' is more of a reference by people caught up in the excitement of everyone else. That is. People began shouting 'Hosanna. Hosanna,' And others just joined in because everyone was shouting. Seemed like the thing to do at the moment. 'What are we shouting about?' 'Who is that man?'
The Hosanna of the previous day was directed more toward a political victory and freedom from the Roman oppression. But today, Monday, the children (the teenagers) who are in the Temple, have witnessed something very remarkable. They saw Jesus run the merchants out. They saw Jesus curing every known ailment and fix every known handicap, and right before there eyes. Limbs are healed. Missing limbs are restored to their fullness. Where once there was no leg, now there is a perfectly good leg. Eyesight is restored. Where in history has this ever happened? And so they shout with their happiness of the Savior, and that is the connotation of this 'Hosanna.'
The 'chief' priests hear and they see. Do they respond with their happiness that they have been blessed by the wonderful opportunity to meet the Savior first hand? No. They are indignant. This indignant attitude carries the connotation of furious anger. They are upset with the 'goings on' of the young students (teenage boys), with the impression that Jesus is allowing.
They even ask Jesus to put a stop to it. 'Don't you hear what these boys are saying?' And Jesus responds, 'Yes.' And he replies further, 'Haven't you ever read Psalm 8, out of the mouths of babes ...'
But Psa. 8 is a reference to children not in their teens, but of children under the age of three - infants and toddlers. If even the very young babes can recognize the Savior and sing praise, and now furthermore, if young teenage student boys can recognize the miracle signs of the Savior, then why can't the 'chief' priests recognize the truth too? Why? Why can't they see the obvious?
All along the priests have looked upon their own self centeredness as a form of holiness. They have looked at their own righteousness as well pleasing to God and mankind. They look at their regulations as their divinely inspired standards of a perfect life.
But Jesus has rejected their self centered attitude as selfishness and insensitivity. Jesus has looked at their righteousness as what it really is, self righteousness and arrogance. Jesus condemned their standards as hypocrisy and a prejudiced approach to life, producing extreme burdens on people.
Just as these chief priests were defiant in recognizing the truth, so it is with anyone who ignores Bible doctrine in their life and embraces liberal concepts in their life. Liberal concepts? Anything that rejects Gods Word is a liberal concept - any deviation, any compromised standard or principle.
With such an attitude then no amount of suffering will elicit compassion. Did we not see this in the attitudes of some who demonstrated their insensitivity toward the suffering of the people of Iraq?
With such an attitude then no amount of irrefutable evidence of the truth will elicit belief. The selfish lust for politics, power, or wealth will always outweigh the desire for truth and doing that which is right for others. To the defiantly negative person, the suffering of others is inconsequential to the wants of self.
Who is the negative person? Anyone who does not focus on Gods word with a genuine desire to obey it. Anyone who finds convenient excuses to put substitute principles of living into their life. Anyone who is defiantly against God. Anyone who does not believe in God or Christ, but prefers to believe in something else. All these and probably more examples which you can think of, are of folks who allow the influences of the world to shape their lives more so than they allow Bible doctrine to shape their lives.
The world will eventually lead negative people into areas of insensitivity and prejudice and selfishness and so forth. This is what you face when you reject God, when you drift away from His Word, when you allow little tidbits of your very own lusts to enter into your life. You compromise your spiritual life.
These chief priests, of course have read the scriptures, but they did not recognize the very obvious, because they allowed their own false truths to become their reality. The young children recognized the truth, but of course their youth probably prevented their full comprehension of their discovery.
Was Jesus invited to stay in the Temple for the night and every night thereafter? No. He left and went back to Bethany where He was accepted. Where God is not accepted, He leaves. You are very well off if you receive God, through Bible study, into your life. You are in a very bad way, if you let God slip out of your life even for the silliest of compromises that you might allow into your life. The loss is not worth it.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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