Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Say to the daughter of Zion: Mat 21:5

Matthew relates to us the story of how Jesus, mounted upon a donkey, entered Jerusalem to the cheers of the crowd. Matthew tells us that this was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah who prophesied, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’” (Mat 21:5)

What is interesting in the Greek is the command “Say” is in the second-person plural. In other words, God was not commanding to the prophet to speak to Israel, but rather he was commanding all of us to speak. In southern-speak, this would be “All-you-all say to the daughter of Zion.” This command is to us, not just to the prophet. We are all to be those who proclaim the good news of Jesus coming to those who are searching and waiting for him. We are all to be those who encourage the downcast and lift up the overburdened with the good news of the kingdom.

Understanding this scripture in this light causes me to ask myself, “Do I see myself as the messenger of God, or have I left that work to someone else?” We are all his messengers. We have all be sent and commanded to “Say!” Let us open our mouths and announce to all who will hear the good news of Jesus.

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