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Palm Sunday

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This is Jesus entry into Jerusalem, and we're going to get to Matthew Twenty one, but if you want to turn to Psalm thirty right now, that's where we're going to spend the most of our time. Matthew Twenty one tells us that Jesus is approaching Jerusalem. Came to Beth page on the Mount of Olives. All right, he's going to come into Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. He's going to walk down the mountain and then up into Jerusalem, and he tells them exactly how they're supposed to what they're supposed to do. They're supposed to go find a a donkey, and this is the disciples in verse six went and did just as Jesus had instructed him. They brought the donkey and the cult they placed their cloaks on them and Jesus sat on them and a very large crowd, and will explain why there's a very large crowd there, spread cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees, which is why you have your branches, and they spread them on the road and the crowds went ahead of him and those who followed shout at Hosanna to the son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. And when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked who is this? That is the background for what we celebrate today. But let's look at something a little different. We're going to look at some one thirty. How many of you have ever heard this song? Okay, some of you know. We we were just singing it. That's where the the words, the words come from. Now the psalms are difficult and we're going to have to get a little technical here for a moment, and I apologize, but I'm going to try and keep it not too technical. How many of you have Netflix? Okay, how many of you have someone else's neck note? We want to all right, on Netflix, you scroll through and it says mystery, thriller, drama, comedy, right, and you get to pick what you want. Those are called genres. WHOO big word. The Bible has them too. You could scroll through the Bible and it would say gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It might say epistles, all of the letters that were written. It might have a big one and say apocalyptic literature, things like revelation and Daniel. It might say narrative, Genesis, exodus, Leviticus, most of the the first books of the New Testament, it might say, or the Old Testament. It might say proverbs from the book of proverbs. It might say psalms. All Right, psalms are a specific genre of the Bible. It might also say genealogies, but most people would skip through that one. But psalms are a specific genre of the Bible. So because of that, all psalms are going to have form, feature and functions. Okay, so let's talk about that for a moment. When you click on romantic comedy on Netflix, you're going to watch a movie. All Right, I'm going to tell you exactly how that movie is going to happen. This is the form of a romantic comedy. Boy Meets Girl, right, I'm on it. So far. Boy lies to girl. Yeah, boy and Girl Fall in love. Boy Decides to confess his lie to girl. Girl discovers boys lie before boy confesses. Girl breaks up with boy. Boy and girl get back together. That is the form of a romantic comedy. If if you've ever watched any hallmark movie. Don't don't be proud of that. If you've ever watched a hallmark movie, there it is. If you've watched one, you've watched them all. That is the form of a romantic comedy. Well, if you bring that into the Bible, all of our genres have form as well and it helps you discover what the Bible is trying to say if you know...

...the form. Now most of us know that psalms is a genre. We probably don't know all the genre of psalms because we're not some kind of nerd. And then this particular psalm has a subgenre and none of us know any of that. So this is what's called a lament song. All right, that's why it's depressing. All right, it's a lamentsalm, just like when you read lamentations and you go, all my goodness, I need to get something happier than than this. So it's a sad song and it's also called a penitential song. Now, all week as I've been studying this psalm, I keep getting penitential wrong and I keep thinking of it as a penitentiary, which is a little bit different. That's a prison penitential. Is that its form? is going to be asking for forgiveness of for sin. All right, so as we see this, we're going to see the psalmist asking for forgiveness for sin. That's the form features. All right, let's go back to a romantic comedy. Features in a romantic comedy there's a best friend. There has to be a best friend. Usually there are two. The guy has a best friend, the girl has a best friend. Features. There's a musical montage, right, because you got a fast forward through time. People can't fall in love in an hour and a half. So you fast forward through and they're out on a date and they're running to each other in a field. And Yeah, okay, features there's there's usually kissing. All right, that those are features of a romantic comedy. And specifically, if you're on the hallmark network, then there's a gazebo. There's a good Zebo. Yes, always when we come to features of a so some of you are now realizing he knows quite a bit about a hallmark channel Christmas movie. Let's just say pastor Andrew does not always get control of the remote. Sometimes Caleb has it and we watch, you know, called Mark Christmas movies. Caleb just threw up a little bit back there. It's so nice to preach to an audience instead of just I mean, a year ago I was preaching into a camera this close to my face and I was like, it's so nice to hear people laugh, even if it's at me. The psalms have specific features, okay, and one of them, the main one, is it's poetry. All right. Now we're used to poetry as kind of being repetition of rhyming sign sounds. Right, if you're not like rhyming, it's not real poetry. I mean, I know some people, Errand's, going to disagree with me and say that's a pretty low view of poetry, and I would say, yes, I have a pretty low view of poetry. If it's not rhyming, you just didn't try hard enough. That is nothing of that has to do with Hebrew poetry. Hebrew poetry is about repetition of not words or not sounds, but repetition of ideas. It's something called parallelism. So those when you look in your your Bible and you see that there are like it's indented, weird, and when you're in the psalms that's what it's doing. It's showing you the parallelism. Sometimes the parallel is the same, sometimes it's different, sometimes it's illustrating it, sometimes it's complete, sometimes it's incomplete. But all of that is a feature of Hebrew poetry and function. Form, feature, function. So function. The function of a romantic comedy is to make money. I know that seems the function of a romantic comedy is to make money. And someone came up with the idea. You know what, boys and girls date and then they spend money to watch movies. If we could get the boy to like the movie and the girl to like the movie, they would go together and we would make money. Well, what do boys like? Comedy, what do girls like romance? Why don't we invent a romantic comedy and then the boys will go with the girls...

...and they'll watch the kissing and hopes that there can be kissing later and will make money. And that's the design. That is the function of a romantic comedy. Some of you will say it's for entertainment. Okay, it's to make money. That's what they want to do. What is the function of a song? Well, it depends on the specific genre. In this one the function is to get people to recognize their sin and turn, turn from it, and it's a confession. That penitential psalm is a confession psalm. So now that we have the background, let's look at at the actual psalm. And in the form we know what's going to come first and a pain to penitential psalm, it's going to be an address to God. So here it is. Out of the depths, I cry to you, Lord, Lord, hear you're my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. So the PSALMIST is starting out out of the depths, I cry to you, and there's an address Lord. Lord hear my voice, and you'll notice some of the the parallelism right there. Out of the depths, I cry to you, Lord. It's all capitalized. And then Lord, hear my voice. So this is trying to say the same thing, but there are a couple of differences. It's using two different names for for God. But out of the depths I cry and hear, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry from mercy. So this is the address. We know that it's going to God. Anyone who is reading this psalm or singing this psalm is about to talk to God in a penitential Psalm. You're always going to have an address to God because we don't look to anybody else for forgiveness of sins. And now we're going to have a crisis. It can be a crisis of any to any kind. Usually it's sin. So in this case, if you lord kept a record of sins, who could stand all right, we were all kids at one point and our parents had a record of sins. It wasn't that long. It was just usually, at the end of the day they wrap everything up and be like, so, here's what you did, and I couldn't stand up for one day of sins. Can you imagine if my parents kept a sin law log for the last forty two years and they don't even know everything? Can you imagine if my wife kept the sin logged for the last twenty years? She doesn't even know everything. Can you imagine if God kept a record of sins? The record would be so long, in fact, I think there would be things on there that you would go I didn't even realize that I did that. I didn't even realize that was a sin. I did all. Man, I need to change my life and that's that's the point. There is a crisis, there is a sin crisis. That's saying if you kept a record of sins, who could stand? We couldn't be in here worshiping God because we would be terrified if we walked in and God said, hold on, since you were here last week, let's go over what you what you did. But but with you there is forgiveness. Oh, notice that. The change from the crisis, all the sin you do, to now forgiveness so that we can, with reverence, serve you. The point is, look at your sin, look at the crisis. No ability to serve God, no ability to talk to him, no ability to stand before him, no ability to worship to now with you there is forgiveness, and we are in the Old Testament. We are not in forgiveness where we think in the New Testament. Jesus died on the cross, he's raised from the dead. We have forgiveness. Now they are forgiven in the same way through the death of Jesus, but they are looking forward to it. So the forgiveness that they have is faith in a coming Messiah, and Jesus pays the penalty for their sins and they're looking at that future forgiveness that they will will...

...have. But with you there is forgiveness so that we can, with reverence, not feel so guilty, so that we can, with reverence, come and sing good worship songs. Thanks for being here, Eden. We love when you're when you're here, and appreciate it. No, but it's we can serve you. That's the focus. I mean, that's that is a surprise, I think, to me that we can serve you, because it's so generic, because worship is service, and attending churches service and and people in Children's Church right now with kids hitting each other with palms, that's service, and you raising your kids the way you're supposed to do. That's service. So isn't just forgiveness so that we can, with reverence, worship. That would just be a little part of service. It's there's forgiveness so that we can, with reverence, serve God with every bit of our being as a husband, as a wife, as a mom, as a dad, as a kid, as a grandparent, as a grandkid, whatever you're doing, you can serve with reverence. There is then maybe there we go a petition. It's a plea for God's intervention, and this is where we sing an and the song gets powerful and one of the things that's I've been diving into this psalm. I so appreciate whoever wrote the song because they they kept the words are different and there's some other stuff added, but they kept the idea of the Psalm and the flow of it really, really well. So here is an affirmation of trust and it's this is going to be the turning point. So in the form, this is like a theological thing. And they say I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits and in his word I put my hope. Now, when David First introduced the song, we're singing this and I'm like, I wait for the Lord, like I just sort of pictured myself like come on, God, hurry up, like you know when we were building our house, you know, God, hurry up. Could you just make this a little bit faster? Just pause for a moment on that idea and realize that that's that's not what we're what we're thinking about. I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning. And this is not a Typo on the screen or from an email from me or in the Bible, more than watchmen wait for the morning. PSALMISTS would do this. Hebrew poetry that repetition is important. So it's to make a point. So we wait for the Lord and we don't wait in a hurried way. Then, and you'll you'll see why we do this a little bit more towards the towards the end. But the waiting is antis a patient of how God is going to fulfill what he's promised. So the promise here is forgiveness so that with reverence we can serve you and the Israelite people, the Jews, who this psalm is written to, do not yet have forgiveness. They're looking forward to forgiveness and they're saying, I will wait for the Lord, I will wait for him, knowing that their forgiveness really is secure. It just hasn't happened yet, because Jesus hasn't died on the cross. But they are forgiven and they are able to serve with reverence and they say in his word I put my hope, and the word is forgiveness, the word is grace, the word is salvation. That that is what they have put their their hope and they don't know Jesus. Yet we put our hope in Jesus. They're putting their hope in a coming Messiah who is Jesus, and they wait. They wait for the Lord, the turning point of the Psalm, the theological point. I'll wait for the Lord, my whole being weights and in his word I put my hope. Now we have a petition as part of the form. This is going to be...

...a plea for God's intervention. Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love, and with him is like full redemption. What a full redemption is is great. Israel, put your hope in the Lords. So notice it's addressed to the nation of Israel. This is not addressed to us. It is as Christians. It's addressed to Israel. Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love. So we just said we're going to put our hope in in the word. Now we're going to put our hope in the Lord, and we're going to get some reasons why with the Lord is unfailing love. Well, why do we need unfailing love? Because it just said if God kept a record of sins. Who could stand? So I'm going to need unfailing love, not just love, unfailing love, because I keep sinning and at some point maybe God will go. That's it, I'm finished with him, I don't love him anymore. No unfailing love. And I'm going to need full redemption, because you just said if the list of sins were given, I couldn't stand against it. So I don't need partial redemption, a little bit of forgiveness, I need total, full redemption, or else I am in trouble. And he himself will redeem Israel from all their sins. So we're back to using Lord, all capital letters. So this is a reference to Yahweh and Yahwa is sometimes as sometimes God the father, sometimes God the son, Jesus, and sometimes the Holy Spirit. And in this case I think it's going to be God the son. It's going to be Jesus, because he himself wrote, will redeem Israel from all their sins, not just some, but all of them. So, Israel, put your hope in God, because he has unfailing love, he gives full redemption and he himself will redeem Israel. We know that, as Jesus coming and dying on the cross for us, that he himself will be the redemption price for Israel. He will actually pay it for them. They're not quite sure what what this means, but they know that God's going to be the one who redeems Israel from not just some of their sins, but from all of their their sins. So, Matthew Twenty one, we have to know just a little bit more about Psalm one thirty and just a little bit more about Matthew Twenty one. Matthew Twenty one is happening on Palm Sunday, which is the week before Easter Sunday. All right, so a number of people are moving into Israel because there is a feast on Thursday and Friday and Saturday and Sunday that the Jewish people are going to be celebrating. So the whole nation of Israel is coming to Jerusalem. They are not coming in cars, they're not coming in plains, they're walking. All right, it's a little unsafe to walk all that way. So they would walk in groups and as they would walk in groups, they beat up with other groups and you can imagine that the closer you got to Jerusalem, the more groups you would meet up with and the larger the groups would be, so that by the time you were going into Israel or into Jerusalem, you would be with a massive crowd of people. God knew this, because it was God's design that they would come to Israel and or to Jerusalem, and when they come they would sing and they would sing specific songs and they were psalms. They're called ascent songs because when you go to Jerusalem, you always go up to Jerusalem, so you're ascending. So they would sing ascent songs and Psalm thirty is an ascent song, which means that on Palm Sunday, as Jesus and this large crowd of people were going in, they were singing psalm thirty, maybe not the shame and Shane version, but maybe all right. And the the whole crowd would be singing this...

...song. They would be singing I will wait for you, I will wait for you, and Jesus is right there. So go back and re read. I will wait for the Lord, my whole being weights and in his word I will put my hope, and Jesus is right there with them. I will wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning. He's right there with them and Israel, put your hope in the Lord Jesus, who's right there with them with unfailing love and full redemption. Jesus is walking into Jerusalem to redeem the nation of Israel and the whole world from all of their sin. So Psalm Twenty one says, as they approach Jerusalem and came to bethpage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sends two disciples ahead and says get the donkey that we need. If fulfills scripture. The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the Colt and place their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on them. And a very large crowd is there. That very large crowd isn't there for Jesus. They're all walking into Jerusalem and they're all singing, and they're singing psalm one thirty and a number of other psalms before and and after it, until all of a sudden they break out into a song that they've never done before. All of a sudden they start saying Hosanna to the son of David, and Hosannah means please save blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord Hosanna in the highest heaven. Please save. Can you imagine hearing Psalm one thirty, I will wait for you, I will wait for you, and then they're singing, please save. It fits right in when they're they're saying he himself will redeem all Israel from their sins. Please save. and Jesus is right there with them, riding on a donkey, fulfilling exactly what they're asking for. Please save. Exactly what they've been singing their whole lives. As they enter into Jerusalem. He's fulfilling exactly what was promised by all of the prophets all throughout the Bible, and he's doing it that week. And they say Hosanna to the son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord Hosanna in the highest heaven. And when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked who is this, because they have a thousand years of singing that they've been doing, every one of them, their whole lives, several times every year, and this is not the song you sing when you go into Jerusalem, unless you're with the Messiah and they changed they changed it and they would have gone from all of these ascents psalms to now Jesus, Hosanna, and the crowds answered, this is Jesus, the Prophet from Nazareth in Galilee. So they don't have a great answer as to who Jesus is. These are the same guys who, as we talked in Sunday school, are going to say, crucify Jesus. There the same people who are going to see Jesus appear. And some of these people put their faith in Jesus as their Messiahs, some of them do not, over the next decades of their of their life. But can you imagine being Jesus, walking in and fulfilling everything the prophets said, everything that was decided before the foundations of the Earth, and hearing I will wait for you, I will wait for you, and knowing you don't have to wait any longer? And one of the Gospels we're told that Jesus weeps because he said, if you, Jerusalem, had only known what was happening today, we were singing about it all together. Up The mountain, down the mountain, up into Israel. You said, please save if you had only known what was happening today, life would have been so much different for you. Let's pray.

Father, we thank you for the consistency of everything in scripture that, even when we don't know, don't know the facts, even when we're unsure, everything points to Jesus, everything points to the control that he has and the salvation that we have through him. Lord, please save. If Jerusalem had only known what was happening that day, the salvation that was coming, their savior there to redeem them from all of their sins, to show his unfailing love and provide full redemption. If they had known, they would have acted differently. Lord, we know, because we just heard from the Bible, that full redemption of all of our sins is available through Jesus, and the cry from us should be, please save. If we've never become a Christian, the cry should be please save, and if we are a Christian, the cry has to be thank you God, thank you so much for what you have done. It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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