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Hosanna to the Donkey Rider!


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Jesus is coming to Jerusalem.  The people have rolled out the ‘red carpet’ of coats and branches.  The crowds are shouting “Hosanna .a.a. blessed is the King of Israel” (John 12 & Matt. 21)  The Pharisees want Jesus to tell the people to be quiet and Jesus says “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:39-40)

Can inanimate objects like stones sing?  The Psalmist says “let the sea resound . . . let  the fields be jubilant . . . all the tree of the forest will sing . . . before the Lord.”  Isaiah also knew that objects like “mountains and hills will burst into song before [Jesus].

Stones not only sing, they also have eyes and ears. “This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God." (Joshua 24:27)

We would be wise to be careful about how we act in front of stones.  Our actions could cause them to bare witness to our failings and our lack of action could cause them to break into song.  My suggestion is to live carefully and praise the Lord, then you will keep those stones quiet!


Keep Those Stones Quiet

Moses directs Jews to use four species of plants to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot): the lulav is a grouping of palm branch, myrtle, willow and the etrog. The etrog is handled separately; the other three species are bound together and are collectively referred to as the lulav.

Leviticus 23:40

On the first day you are to take choice fruit from the trees, and palm fronds, leafy branches and poplars, and rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.

Waving Lulav at Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles)

The Feast of Tabernacles is focused on God’s providence and leading during the process of getting to the promised land to establish the kingdom.  So then is it any wonder that we find these verses later in scripture.

John 12:13

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the King of Israel!"

Rev 7:9

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.


Dave Lyman

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