The 8th most powerful fulfilled prophecy is Zechariah 9:9-10.
Zechariah 9:9 says 3 things about the future King. He is just, He brings salvation, and He is lowly. An example of His lowliness is that will arrive riding on a donkey.
To foretell that a great king would come riding on a donkey is truly remarkable because it is so “un-king like”. It is also amazing to foretell the specific mode of transportation.
All four gospels mention Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. See for example Matthew 21:1-6.
Question: When the King did arrive in Jerusalem on a donkey what other “un-king like” act was He about to accomplish?
What else do you find interesting in this prophecy?
Two qualifications the Christ had to meet were (1) He had to be of the seed of David and (2) He had to be born in Bethlehem. Jesus fit both and thus was qualified to be the Messiah.
Sunday we pondered how amazing it was that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 prophesied this would be the case: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”
Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth. What circumstances led to Jesus being born in Bethlehem?
What does Micah 5:2 say about the person of the king that would disqualify all other human kings?
Listen to the lesson “Birthers Of The New Testament”.
The day after Peter and John were arrested the Jewish rulers come together and question them for their teaching and the healing of the lame man. Note that among these examining the apostles are Annas and Caiaphas who had participated in the trial of Jesus.
Peter “filled with the Holy Spirit” gives all the credit to Jesus and in so doing condemns them for having put Jesus to death.
Another Old Testament Psalm (118) is cited and Peter boldly claims Jesus is the only way to salvation!
Explain the quote from Psalm 118, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone”.
Note how the miracle performed on the lame man set the stage for Peter’s second sermon. All the people came together, greatly amazed and ready to listen to Peter’s explanation.
This is the second recorded sermon in Acts and it makes the same point as the first: you crucified the son of God but God raised him from the dead. This was God’s plan from the beginning, and you can be forgiven if you repent.
What evidence does Peter give to support his claim that Jesus was the Christ and was raised from the dead?
In verse 15 –
In verse 16 –
In verses 22–26 –
Just one verse today but this is the conclusion and main point of Peter’s sermon on Pentecost. Based on the proofs he has provided (the Psalms, their eyewitness testimony, the people’s own knowledge of Jesus life) he says they can “know assuredly” that Jesus is Lord and Christ.
We also need to believe that Jesus is Lord and Christ. What does Lord mean? What does Christ mean?
To the two men who were confused, sad, and disappointed, Jesus says “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe”. He then explains how Moses and the Prophets had spoken about Him. Then, while breaking bread with the two men Jesus is revealed to them and then vanishes from their sight.
Before revealling himself in person, Jesus revealed the Christ from scripture. Imagine sitting in on this teaching by Jesus concerning the prophecies of the Christ! What in particular did they need to understand that the Old Testament had foretold about the Christ?
Jesus now asks the Pharisees a question. The question was designed to cause them to consider how prophecy described the Christ as both a descendant of David and the Lord of David. Jesus fit this prophecy perfectly.
How do you understand this prophecy of David (from Psalm 110:1)? “The LORD said to my Lord…”. The two “Lords” are actually the same Greek word (kurios) in spite of the different capitalization. Who is the first “LORD” and who does the second Lord refer to?
In the early part of the week Jesus comes to the temple where He teaches. There are also intense discussions with the Jewish leaders. We will read of these this week using Matthew as our main text.
In today’s reading they ask Him by what authority He is doing the things He does. Perhaps they are referring to things like cleansing the temple. Jesus does not give a direct answer, but exposes their hypocrisy by asking them to take a stand on John the Baptist: was He from heaven or men? They are unwilling to honestly answer Jesus so He does not answer them.
Even the hypocritical Jewish leaders understand something very simple about man’s relationship with God: If something is “from heaven” what is the proper response?
This is a dramatic moment in the story of Jesus as He arrives in Jerusalem for the last time. It is remarkable that Jesus rode in on a donkey. It fulfilled prophecy (Zechariah 9:9) and it indicated His lowliness. As He descends into the city and the multitudes begin rejoicing and praising him citing a Messianic Psalm “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Psalm 118).
Not surprisingly the Pharisees are unimpressed with Jesus and tell him to rebuke His disciples. Note Jesus reply (v40). What does Jesus mean, “the stones would immediately cry out”?
Note that Jesus is passing through Jericho and is on His way to Jerusalem. Great multitudes are following Him. We are introduced to a blind man, who when he learns Jesus is coming by, cries out over and over “Jesus Son of David, have mercy on me”. Jesus heals him of his blindness.
One thing important about this miracle is the understanding Bartimaeus had of who Jesus was. How does he identify Jesus and why is this designation important?
What else do you see important in this miracle?