Yesterday was Palm Sunday. I decided to spend a few hours studying Jesus Christ as King since Palm Sunday is all about Jesus entering Jerusalem as King. I see and understand things in “the whole picture.” In other words: When I want to learn a particular subject, I want to know the origin, the facts that support the origin, and the development and conclusion of that subject. So, I followed both Old and New Testament studies that I’ve learned and added new resources I’ve uncovered.
One of my favorite teachers of the Word is Dr. Bill Creasey. He has his entire bible teachings book by book on Audible as well as available on his website. He makes learning interesting and entertaining at the same time. A few years ago, I downloaded his “One Year Bible.” It was so intriguing I finished it in about 4 months. For a more detailed and in-depth study, I then downloaded each book individually one at a time.
Currently in my daily studies, I’m listening to Dr. Creasey’s teachings of the book of Matthew for the second time. In his introduction he makes the distinction between the written languages of both the Old and New Testaments. He explains, ” The bible from Genesis to Malachi was all written in Hebrew except for some very brief portions written in Aramaic. In the Jewish bible the 39 books are in a different order. There is the Law; the Prophets; and the Writings. The New Testament was written in Koine Greek. Why Greek? In this historical area most people speak a minimum of 3 languages for trade. Greek was the predominate language.” He explains the history by telling the story of Alexander the Great and how he conquered the entire Mediterranean in 331 BC therefore monopolizing trade and thus the rise of the Koine Greek language. He states, ” Literacy in the New Testament era was universal. All males knew how to read and write, and most females did as well.”
The New Testament was written in the AD 60’s when the authors were getting into their latter years. Matthew was an Apostle (he knew Jesus personally). He taught a predominately Jewish audience. He starts with the genealogy of Jesus.
All Jews at the time understood the royal line of the kings descended from David (MT:1:1-17) NIV. They expected the Messiah to come from David’s line. This is his first mention of Jesus as King. The following scriptures in Matthew also proclaim Jesus as King:
Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV)–1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jeruselem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:3-6 (NIV) — 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 ” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people of Israel.” * This passage corresponds with Micah 5:2 (NIV)– 2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Matthew 4:8-10 (NIV) — 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”
Matthew 9:27 (NIV) –27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
Matthew 12:23 (NIV)–23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”)
Matthew 15:22 (NIV)–22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
Matthew 21:1-9 (NIV)–1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5″Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you,, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey. ‘ ” 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey ad the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! ” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Matthew 27:11 (NIV)–11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied.
Matthew 27:27-30–27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of his soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.
There are several other passages in the bible that proclaim Jesus as King. Palm Sunday celebrates Him as King of all Kings. It is important for me to keep that in mind daily as I watch the world stage today: Luke1:32-33; 2:4; 3:31; 2:15-16