|Every Sunday A Psalms: Zion, God's Habitation
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
This Psalms is consider written by King Solomon about His father David. David wanted to build a house for the Lord. Lord desired Zion has his home. Zion, a mountain in Jerusalem. God is able to have the world has his throne and yet it is his footstool Today is Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017. Today we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus coming in with the shouts of the people and the spreading of palms along the road in celebration of Triumphal entry of Christ. The recognition of Christ as Lord and King coming into the city of Zion. His first stop was the temple and the priest were angry, because the disciples exalted Christ as a king and Lord.
The first triumphal entry was of the ark into Jerusalem. God coming into the place of habitation of his home. He was welcome in the city of God. City of Zion the place of Godís rest. A home built for God to be a home built by human hands, a place built for Godís home/house. It would be a place of rest for God, not hardly though it be claimed as a place of rest. We can not forget God would have a lot of work to do because of the sin of the people even in Jerusalem in time to come after the throne of David. Even Solomon who built the house of God would not always follow after the heart of God. The lust of his eye getting him into all types of trouble.
The first entry was bringing the ark to rest in the tabernacle built and designed at the time of Moses. The dwelling place of God until the temple was built. Godís house a place his people could dwell. Jesus being Lord and King, rode to the temple on a donkey. At this time the people thought Jesus would take his place as King and Lord and would reign. Miracles had been done, teaching of parables had convinced the people of who Jesus was, though those in the temple of God seem to have no clue who Jesus was. In fact they would rebuke Jesus for allowing his disciples to praise him. Jesus would turn the tables in the temple and declare the house of God a den of thieves.
The symbolism of the entry of the ark being Christ in the Old Testament is a thought maybe not so unique, but something to consider. God our salvation coming in the ark of the covenant. The ark containing the laws of God. Christ being the word of God. The shout and praises of God coming forth as the ark enters into Jerusalem. Only a reflection of Christ own entry into Jerusalem. The shout and praises of Christ being Lord. Hosanna King of the Jews.
God place has always been Israel, and yet the world is His creation. Jerusalem being a place of habitation or dwelling but God is everywhere. A place built to honor God and give him a place to live among the people. A place given to God to honor Him. A place that was already Godís. I love Ezekiel view of Godís throne looking over the panarama of Godís creation with one foot in the sea and other on the land. Who is man to limit God or who is man to design Godís throne room. Godís throne room is the world and it is his foot stool. Heaven is his throne. Yet the place of dwelling or a place to rest and call home would be Zion. The thought of God needing a place to lay his head is beyond our comprehension in some ways and other ways the idea is sweet. Giving God a place to rule from so his people will seek Him. A place to understand Godís royalty and go and learn of God. God would take care of his people.
The Triumphal entry speaks of rejection of religious world of who Christ is, but it is also something more, a demonstration of those soft whisper of not welcoming God in his own home. If parents could have a home away from home it would hopefully always be their childrenís but in truth it not always the case. Godís home was suppose to be among his people, but he was not welcome at his home. Instead of the greed of wealth and peace without his presents was more like it. It was not that God word was not taught, Godís Spirit was absents from His people in a sense. It like some churches today have the form of ritualism but the absents of God in the sense of heart and belief. Though Israel was still rebuilding herself under the rule of Rome, and the temple being a central point in the community, it lack belief in who the Messiah was. Though some believed in secreted and watched knowing the prophesy surrounding Jesus, there were others that held to traditions in the form of ritualism and not spirituality. It is the like the soldier that marches to the general orders only to be in secret against the government. It is the religious people not against God necessarily, but unbeliever beyond robotic motion of ritualism of faith. They read the Bible as a book of philosophy or value of way of living, but the reality of God seems to be missing from their life. Though Jesus was not stopped from teaching in the temple during the course of his ministry, it makes the plot of his death with Judas betrayal at the temple more with meaning. Thirty pieces of silver for the one that would betray where Jesus was and could hand him over in the wee hours of the night. His entry not stop by religious leaders but corrected.
If the ark had come into Jerusalem unwelcome it would have been by the man without faith as he touch the ark and then died. For to touch the ark of the covenant was a sin and God punished those who touch the ark. The ark was carried on poles, and not allowed to be touched, not even by those in care of the ark. The power of the ark was will known. To bring such power to a place of habitation is still talked about in films of history today. One has to ask with Godís royalty, and Christ royalty of being touched and the power of healing coming forth from Christ why then was the death preceding from the ark. The power of Godís holiness verses the cloak of human flesh, something the cloak of wood could not protect the people from. The holiness of Godís people and those who carried and went forth to and from the temple was a reality. Yet God offer protection for the people if they obeyed his laws and not to touch the ark.
Jesus healing came even with the touching of the hem of the garment among the heathens as well as people of faith. Jesus is an intercessor, but also Lord. His human flesh becoming our protection as the bread of life and his blood pour out and covered us in our sin. Jesus crying out Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. Father forgive their sins, because I paid for them.
Despite the fact the people wanted Jesus as King, did not stop him them from crying crucify a few days later, when he did not take the throne in power and rule. God did not do that in his day either. Though He entered the temple in the ark, the throne of Israel was still possessed by the royal king. The choice of man from the time they decided they needed an earthly king. Earthly king and not God to rule over them. That is why God need a house for Him and a place for His people to visit, yet God is more then just in Jerusalem to those that believe. Jerusalem is a focal point of two powers, and yet is and will be a place of only one power one day. When Christ takes the physical throne in the New Jerusalem, God will be in total power. No longer will the rule of man be in power and the light of Christ and God will shine forth from Zion. When Christ returnís He will be on the throne and God will be in the temple. David heart and his action where not always one of purity, yet he had a heart for God and desire for God to rule in Jerusalem. Perhaps he seen the error of human king. Maybe he seen his own humanity.
Christ authority was sacrificed with first king of Israel. Saulís disobedience would cost his family line the royal throne. Today being Palm Sunday and we think of the triumphal entry with the thought of praise of Christ coming for his final entry to the throne, it also a time to think of the first and second and third entry of God into Jerusalem, one being in human flesh of man to bring healing, yet it would bring His death in a few days. His healing would come with His death, by his payment for our sins. His resurrection drawing all men and women to him. Without the resurrection his death loose power, he only another sacrifice of humanity of a good moral person. With His resurrection he is the Messiah, the one that would change the heart of the people for the good of God and the world. A king that could and would reign in the hearts of mankind that would believe.
Today let us celebrate His entry into our hearts and our minds, and one day in his return to take the throne in the New Jerusalem. Let us shout for joy for Him becoming Lord of our hearts this morning. Let us receive Him with confession of sin and turning away of sin. Let us receive him as the world did and not the religious leaders of his day. Let us not be as seeds planted on rocky soil, but seeds needing transplanting in fertile soil. Transplanting in the word of faith with the foundation of Jesus being solid rock to which to stand and soft soil in which to grow in. Not on rocks without soil that not cover by snow.
Dear Heavenly Father cleanse our hearts with your son death and resurrection. Cleanse us with His entry into our hearts and into Jerusalem someday. Reminds Lord of your holiness and power to rule not only in the temple but in the palace. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Hebrews 12:22-23 KJV
(22) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
(23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,