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INTERNAT IONAL LESSON Commentary Outline and Exposition Blackboard Lesson 'Childrens Division Object Lesson Golden Text Illustration By B. B. S utcliffe By G retchen S ibley By H elen F razee -B ower By E lmer L. W ilder By A lan S. P earce Points and Problems B y A lva J. M c C lain , President of Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, lnd.
MAY 3, 1942 SU N D A Y : THE D A Y OF ACCLAIM M ark 11:1-11; L uke 19:41-44
rejection and death, and that they would not see Him until, at' another day, they would cry, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord” (cf. Matt. 23:37-39). It should not be overlooked that He accepted their acclaim and their acknowledgment of who and what He was; He would have been less than an honest man if the acclaim and acknowledgment were not true. II. T he R ejection on the P art of the K ing (Lk. 19:41-44) As our Lord looked upon Jerusalem, so soon to meet destruction brought by Roman legions; He began to weep over it. His eye pierced the future and saw the coming catastrophe about to overtake the city, and He could not refrain from lamenting over'Vvhat He saw (vs. 41, 42). He could see the terrible time of distress and despair through which that city would pass, and He de scribed coming events in detail (vs. 43, 44; cf. Lk. 21), all of which was fulfilled to the letter A. D. 70, when the city was finally destroyed by the Romans. He also saw and named the cause of the distress and destruction (v. 44). The people knew not the time of their visitation, that is, in the spiritual sense they -were wholly ignorant of it. But. because of the mighty mir acles which Christ had wrought in their midst, they did know the day of their visitation. The full meaning of the words they heard, the deeds they beheld, and the scenes through which they passed was unknown.to them; theirs was a self-imposed ignorance, and because of it, they plunged on into their night. Likewise today the sinner hears and feels the divine woo ing, but too often he hardens his heart, and the day of visitation passes, with the soul’s going to ruin and despair. This tragedy need not be! Points and Problems 1. "Go your way into the village over against you" (Mk. 11:2). The Lord and His disciples having come from Jericho (10:46) to Bethphage first, the village “ over against” the travelers would be the well-known Bethany, to which the Lord now sends “two of his disciples.” 2. *‘A colt tied, whereon never man sat" (11:2). In similar language Luke
—our Lord made His claim to the authority of Messiah (cf. Zech. 9:9). As Messiah, coming into His own country and to His own people, He had every right to commandeer what ever He needed (vs. 1-6). He assumed the authority of Messiah, taking for granted that the owner of the beast would at once free the animal when he knew who called for' it. It should be noted that while He was Messiah, He was more; He was One possessed of omniscience, as the many details given here reveal. The prompt obe dience of the two disciples is also worthy of note. It was the sort of obedience which our Lord looks for from His own—immediate and un questioning response to His will. As Messiah, He entered “the city of the great King” (Psa. 48:2). And He entered it as the prophet foretold He would (vs. 7, 8). The multitude gave evidence that they knew then that a unique person, even Messiah, was in their midst. As Messiah, He was recognized as He entered the city (vs. 9-11). The people united in their acclaim of Him as Messiah, fulfilling the words of the prophet (cf. Psa. 118:22-26). Shouting, “Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord,” the people heralded the entrance of their King, the Son of David, the One to establish the Messianic kingdom. They recognized Him as the Prince of peace, coming upon the colt in ful fillment of their prophets (cf. Zech. 9:9; Psa. 118:22-26). Their emotions were deeply stirred, but emotion can not take the place of faith. It was faith that they needed. Had they be lieved all their prophets had said, they would have known that before He could reign, He would meet with BLACKBOARD LESSON
Mark 11:1 And when they came tilgh to Jerusalem* unto Bethphage and Beth any at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples, 2 And saith unto them, Go your way Into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into ft, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat) loose him. and bring him. 3 And if any man say unto you; Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him: and straightway he will send him hither. 4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. 5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? 6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. 8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strewed them in the way. 9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: tO Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. 11 And .Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve. Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it# 42 Saying, if thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. 43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another: because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. GOLDEN TEXT : “ Blessed Is he that cometh in the n a m e of the Lord” (Mk, 11:9). —I----- DEVOTIONAL READING: Isa. 40:1-11. Outline and Exposition I. T he R ecognition of the K ing (M k . 11:1-11) I N THE TRIUMPHAL entry of Christ into Jerusalem—though He knew the triumph would be short-lived [Lesson material is based on outlines of International Sunday School Lessons copyrighted by the International Coun cil of Religious Education and is used by its permission. Scripture portions quoted are from the King James Ver sion unless otherwise stated .]
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