May 31

John 12:1-19

Lazarus was just raised from the dead, giving attention to Jesus. Not only did the religious Jews plot to kill Jesus; but they also planned to kill Lazarus. He most likely drawing people with questions about Jesus and the afterlife.

Jesus was anointed in Bethany six days before Passover by Mary, anointing Him with perfume for His burial, wiping His feet with her hair. Lazarus was there. Martha served. The perfume could have been sold for 300 denarii, nearly a year’s wages. Judas saw the acts as a waste of money, concerned more with his greed than the worship taking place. Here we see that Judas was often stealing from the ministry, taking money that was in it.

The Triumphal Entry is recorded in verses 12-19, showing us that much of the crowd came from those who were there when Lazarus was raised from the dead, witnesses of Christ’s power and authority. We also see others in the crowd were there because they had heard of the sign. In verse 19, the Pharisees say, “Look, the world has gone after Him!”

The Triumphal Entry has tremendous significance, fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel 9 as the proclaimed prince, as well as giving the unbelieving, religious Jews a motivation to hate Him and put Him to death. It was all part of God’s plan, foretold hundreds of years before it happened, showing us, once again, that God loves us and wants to redeem the human race. Who is grateful? I am!

2 Chronicles 1-3

This book was originally part of 1 Chronicles, as one work. 2 Chronicles starts with King Solomon, covers the kings of Judah, and ends with Judah’s captivity and return.

In chapters 1-3, Ezra records Solomon’s request from a position of dependency for understanding of God’s will and ways, as well as his request and construction of the temple, a more permanent house for the Lord. He built the temple on Mt. Moriah, north of the City of David. Many animal sacrifices were made here, the same mountain Abraham offering a sacrifice to God, saving Isaac. It could also be the place of Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified. Abraham named Moriah, meaning “The Lord will provide.” God’s message to humanity is seen in His strategy to reveal Himself throughout generations, showing consistent significance to His His promises and His heart for the people He has created.

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