We are going to move forward and then move backwards. Tomorrow prior to Palm Sunday we will discuss Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. However, after he entered into Jerusalem this last time before his death he went to the temple. He began to teach daily at the temple. He healed the blind and the lame, he continued to confront the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice, and then we are presented a story about children proclaiming his name.
Matthew 21:15-17 The Message (MSG)
15-16 When the religious leaders saw the outrageous things he was doing, and heard all the children running and shouting through the Temple, “Hosanna to David’s Son!” they were up in arms and took him to task. “Do you hear what these children are saying?”
Jesus said, “Yes, I hear them. And haven’t you read in God’s Word, ‘From the mouths of children and babies I’ll furnish a place of praise’?”17
The words that Jesus quotes come from Psalm 8. This “pulpit: commentary states “Verse 16. – They recognize that these cries implied high homage, if not actual worship, and appeal to Jesus to put a stop to such unseemly behaviour, approaching, as they would pretend, to formal blasphemy. Yea. Jesus replies that he hears what the children say, but sees no reason for silencing them; rather he proves that they were only fulfilling an old prophecy, originally, indeed, applied to Jehovah, but one which he claims as addressed to himself. Have ye never read? (Matthew 12:5). The quotation is from the confessedly Messianic psalm (Psalm 8.), a psalm very often quoted in the New Testament, and as speaking of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 1:27; 1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 1:22; Hebrews 2:6,
At the end of the day, of Jesus’s daily appearance in the temple, he leaves and goes to the city of Bethany to rest. Verse 17, “Fed up, Jesus turned on his heel and left the city for Bethany, where he spent the night.” The city of Bethany was only two miles away. Listen to these beautiful words about Bethany and think of Jesus’s humble lifestyle. “BETH’ANY is supposed to mean house of poverty, in allusion to its location near the desert, or wilderness, of Judea. A village, 15 furlongs from Jerusalem (John 11:18), on the road to Jericho, at the Mount of Olives (Mark 11:1 Luke 19:29), where lived “Simon the leper” (Mark 14:3) and Mary, Martha and Lazarus (John 11:18 f). This village may justifiably be called the Judean home of Jesus, as He appears to have preferred to lodge there rather than in Jerusalem itself (Matthew 21:17 Mark 11:11). Here occurred the incident of the raising of Lazarus (John 11) and the feast at the house of Simon.
So, we see Jesus’s work is not done at the temple. During these days the leading priest and elders begin questioning his authority. But’s let’s don’t get ahead of ourselves. Today, I just want you to imagine Jesus spending his working days, fulfilling his calling, teaching, healing, and pressing in on those authority figures. Pushing their buttons. Fulfilling his earthly duty.