Matthew 21:1-11 1Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt,[a] the foal of a beast of burden.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
What a powerful proof to several things. This is truly prophecy being fulfilled. This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture.What’s being quoted in vers 5 is Zachariah 9:9. Hundreds of years before this day when Jesus rides on a donkey into Jerusalem this prophecy was written. Can you believe it!?! Daniel and Nehemiah also play a role here. Daniel prophesies when this is going to happen and that clock starts ticking when Nehemiah finishes the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem. And to the day — to the day — Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. You can’t make this stuff up!
I was in a Bible study group and a friend of mine made a comment about Ephesians 4. He said that the Apostle Paul had misquoted Psalm 68 in that 4th chapter. Because of passages like we read this morning I knew he was mistaken. I couldn’t prove it at the time, but I know that wasn’t right. I found the answer and shared it the next week as a, by the way it could also mean this and that.
Matthew 21:1-11 is one of those passages that is like a line in the sand or a peg driven deep into the ground. We can put our trust fully in the inerrancy of God’s Word and our salvation because of the verity of the gospel and the truth we see of it in passages like this.
Don’t take my word for it. Do your own study and reading. The gospel and God’s Word are trustworthy and eternal.