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Who Is This?
March 25, 2018
Read: Luke 19:28–40
Bible in a Year: Joshua 19–21; Luke 2:25–52
Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!—Luke 19:38
Imagine standing shoulder to shoulder with onlookers by a dirt road. The woman behind you is on her tiptoes, trying to see who is coming. In the distance, you glimpse a man riding a donkey. As He approaches, people toss their coats onto the road. Suddenly, you hear a tree crack behind you. A man is cutting down palm branches, and people are spreading them out ahead of the donkey.
Jesus’s followers zealously honored Him as He entered Jerusalem a few days before His crucifixion. The multitude rejoiced and praised God for “all the miracles they had seen” (Luke 19:37). Jesus’s devotees surrounded Him, calling out, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” (v. 38). Their enthusiastic honor affected the people of Jerusalem. When Jesus finally arrived, “the whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who is this?’ ” (Matthew 21:10).
Today, people are still curious about Jesus. Although we can’t pave His way with palm branches or shout praises to Him in person, we can still honor Him. We can discuss His remarkable works, assist people in need, patiently bear insults, and love each other deeply. Then we must be ready to answer the onlookers who ask, “Who is Jesus?” —Jennifer Benson Schuldt
Lord, may my life and my words express what I know about who You are. I want others to see You in me and to know You too.
We honor God’s name when we live like His children.
INSIGHT: Do you sometimes struggle with finding the right words and right time to speak about Jesus? Your concern and hesitancy may be from God. There is a time to speak and a time to be quiet (Ecclesiastes 3:7). The Spirit knows the difference. Sometimes He is in the quiet moments and thoughtful actions that prepare the way for words later. Sometimes He enables us to fill a silence so ripe for words that if we don’t gently express our confidence in Jesus, it might feel as if even “the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40). Mart DeHaan
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HALLELUJAH / ALLELUIA

 HALLELUJAH

While the Hebrew words הָלַל (halal) and יָהּ (Yahh) combine form “Hallelujah” (Halleluyah) the word itself does not appear in the KJV of the Bible, nor does its literal translation “Praise ye Jehovah.”  However, it is rendered “Praise ye the LORD.”  Because this phrase stands at the beginning of ten of the Psalms (106, 111-113, 135, 146-150), they are called the “Hallelujah Psalms.”  As can be seen below, it also appears twelve additional times in the Psalms:


Psalm 104:35 – “Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more.  Bless thou the LORD, O my soul.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 105:45 – “That they might observe His statutes, and keep His laws. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 106:1, 48 – Praise ye the LORD O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good:  for His mercy endureth forever….Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting:  and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 111:1 – “Praise ye the LORD I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.”

Psalm 112:1 – “Praise ye the LORD.  Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.”

Psalm 113:1, 9 – “Praise ye the LORD Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD….He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 116:19 – “In the courts of the LORD’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem.  Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 117:2 – “For His merciful kindness is great toward us:  and the truth of the LORD endureth forever.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 135:1, 21 – Praise ye the LORD.  Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise Him, O ye servants of the LORD….Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 146:1, 10 – Praise ye the LORD.  Praise the LORD, O my soul….The LORD shall reign forever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 147:1, 20 – “Praise ye the LORD for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely….He hath not dealt so with any nation:  and as for His judgments, they have not known them.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 148:1, 14 – “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise Him in the heights….He also exalteth the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto Him.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 149:1, 9 – “Praise ye the LORD Sing unto the LORD a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints….To execute upon them the judgment written:  this honor have all His saints.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 150:1, 6 – “Praise ye the LORD.  Praise God in His sanctuary:  praise Him in the firmament of His power….Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.  Praise ye the LORD.”

Jeremiah 20:13 – “Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD for He hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.”

 

[Note:  The phrase “Praise ye the LORD” appears in Judges 5:2 and Jeremiah 20:13, but both are based on different Hebrew words.]

ALLELUIA

The Greek form of the word actually does appear in the KJV, and it is not translated.  All four occurrences are found in Revelation Nineteen: 

Revelation 19:1-6 – “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God:  for true and righteous are His judgments: for He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of His servants at her hand.  And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up forever and ever.  And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.  And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye His servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great.  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia:  for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

WHETHER YOU ARE A FORMER JEW OR A FORMER GENTILE,

AS A BORN AGAIN BELIEVER,

YOU HAVE MUCH FOR WHICH TO PRAISE THE LORD!

 

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