Pathway of Palms

This Sunday we remember Jesus' entry into Jerusalem upon a donkey, with the young and unsophisticated giving Him praise and laying down palm branches before His procession.

The whole event had been prophesied in the 9th chapter of Zechariah. Messiah arrives "meek and lowly and having salvation". The City of God's special interest encounters her King. In fact the donkey entrance was a bold assertion by the Galilean that He was a king.

The priests and councilmen urge the prophet to silence his unruly band. He states that if they were to hold their peace, the very rocks would cry out. The event was momentous for all of creation.

I remember a certain prophecy teacher affirming that in the Book of Daniel a precise period of time was laid out before the arrival of Messiah in the Holy City. This day, Palm Sunday was the very day foretold, and Jesus knew it. Earlier had He not frequently stated, "My time is not yet come."

Events would now progress irrevocably toward His Passion. But in this little interlude and its images- the children, singing, trees and rocks, we catch a glimpse of the Psalmist's joyful picture of judgment contained in the 96th Psalm:

10Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
 11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
 12Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
 13Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

Hear from The Treasury of David, compiled by Charles Spurgeon:

Verse 13. To judge. Vatablus remarks that to judge is the word used instead of to reign, judicare pro regere, because judges in the early days of the Holy Land exercised the power both of kings and magistrates. The Lord comes to be to all nations a wiser judge than Samuel, a greater champion than Samson, a mightier deliverer than Gideon. C. H. S.

Verse 13. He cometh to judge the earth. That is, to put earth in order, to be its Gideon and Samson, to be its ruler, to fulfil all that the Book of Judges delineates of a judge's office. It is, as Hengstenberg says, "a gracious judging, "not a time of mere adjudication of causes or pronouncing sentences—it is a day of jubilee. It is the happiest day our world has ever seen. Who would not long for it? Who is there that does not pray for it? It is the day of the Judge's glory, as well as of our world's freedom—the day when "the judgement of this world" (Joh 12:31 16:11), which his cross began and made sure, is completed by the total suppression of Satan's reign, and the removal of the curse. All this is anticipated here; and so we entitle this Psalm, The glory due to him who cometh to judge the earth. Andrew A. Bonar.

(Picture by Tissot)


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