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Palm Sunday

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Aythis is Jesus entry into Jerusalemand we're going to get to Matthew Twenty one, but if you want to turn tosome ondred n thirty right now, that's where we're going to spend the most ofour time Matthew. Twenty one tells us that Jesus is approaching. Jerusalemcame to Beth page on the Mount of Olives. All right he's going to comeinto Jerusalem from the Mount of Ilives, he's going to walk down the mountainand then up into Jerusalem, and he tells them exactly how they're supposedto what they're supposed to do. They're supposed to go, find a a donkey andthis the disciples in verse six went and did just as Jesus had instructedhim. They brought the donkey and the Co Colt they placed their cloaks on them,and Jesus sat on them and a very large crowd and will explain why. There's avery large crowd, there spread cloaks on the road, while others cut branchesfrom the trees, which is why you have your branches and they spread them on the road andthe crowds went ahead of him and those who followed shouted Hosanna to the sonof David. Blessed as Egou comes in the name of the Lord Osanna in the highestand when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked. Whois this? That is the background for what we celebrate today, but let's lookat something a little different, we're going to look at some one, thirty, howmany of you have ever heard this song? Okay, some of you know we we were justsinging it. That's where the words the words come from now the songs aredifficult and we're going to have to get a little technical here for amoment and I apologize, but I'm going to try and keep it not too technical. How many of you have Netflix? Okay, how many? If you have someoneelse's Nhat? No, we want to all right on Netflix you scroll through, and itsays mystery Thriller Drama Comedy Right and you getto pick what you want. Those are called genres. Big Word, the Bible has themtoo, you could scroll through the Bible and it would say gospels, Matthew, Mark,Luce and John, it might say epistles all of the letters that were written.It might have a big one and say apocalyptic literature things likerevelation and Daniel, it might say, narrative, Janes's Exodus, liticus,most of the first books of the New Testament, it might say, or the OldTestament it might say, proverbs from the book of proverbs. It might saysalms all right. Psalms are a specific genre of the Bible, it mightalso say geneologies, but most people would skip through that one. But solmsare a specific genre of the Bible so because of that all psomgs are going to have formfeature and functions. Okay. So let's talk about that for a moment when youclick on romantic comedy on Netflix you're, going to watch a movie allright, 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 girlgirl discovers boys lie before boy confesses girl breaks up with boy boyand girl get back together. That is the form of a romantic comedy. If, if you've ever watched any hallmarkmovie, don't don't be proud of that? If you'veever watched ha hallmark movie there, it is if you've watched one you'vewatched 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 youknow the form now most of us know that psalms is a genre. We probably don'tknow all the genre of Psalms, because we're not some kind of nerd and thenthis particular song has a subgenre, and none of us know any of that. Sothis is what's called the lament song all right. That's why it's depressingall right! It's a lament solg just like when you read lamentations and you gooh, my goodness. I need to get something happier than than this. Soit's a sad song and it's also called a penitential Sop. Now, all week as I'vebeen studying this PSOM, I keep getting penotential wrong and I keep thinkingof it as a penitentiary which is a little bit different. That'sa prison penitential is that its form is going to be asking for forgiveness of for sin allright. So as we see this we're going to see the salmist asking for forgivenessfor sin, that's the form features all right. Let's go back to a romanticcomedy features in a romantic comedy. There's a best friend. There has to bea best friend, usually theare too. The guy has a best friend. The girl has abest friend features, there's a musical montachright, because you got a fast forward through time. People can't fall in lovein an hour and a half, so you fast forward through and they're out on adate and ever running to each other in a field and yeah okay features, there'sthere's usually kissing all right that those are features of aromantic comedy and specifically, if you're, on the hallmark NEC work, thenthere's a Gazibo there's a good Zelo. Yes, always whenwe come to features of a s, some of you are now realizing. He knows quite a bitabout a hallmark channel Christmas movie. Yeah, let's just say, pastor Antwo does notalways get control of the remote. Sometimes Caleb has it and we watch youknow. Allmark Christmas movies, Kaleb just threw up a little bit backthere, it's so nice to preach to an audience.Instead of just I mean a year ago, I was preaching into a camera. This closeto my face, and I was like it's so nice to hear people laugh. Even if it's atme the songs have specific features. Okayand one of them, the main one is its poetry. All right now, we're used topoetry, as kind of being repetition of rhyming sign signs right if you're notlike briming, it's not real poetry. I mean, I know some people Aaron's goingto disagree with me and say that's a pretty low view of poetry, and I wouldsay yes, I have a pretty low view of poetry. If it's not rhyming, you justdidn't try hard enough. That is nothing of that has to do withHebrew. Poetry, hebrow poetry, is about repetition, of not words or not sounds, but repetitionof ideas. It's something called parallelism. So those when you look inyour your Bible and you see that there are like it's indented, weird and whenyou're in the songs. That's what it's doing. It's showing you the paralelism.Sometimes the parallel is the same. Sometimes it's different. Sometimesit's illustrating it. Sometimes it's complete, sometimes it's incomplete,but all of that is a feature of Hebrew. Poetry and function form featurefunction so function. The function of a romantic comedy is to make money. Iknow that seems the function of a romantic comedy is to make money, andsomeone came up with the idea. You know what boys and girls date and then they spend money to watchmovies. If we could get the boy to like the movie and the girl who, like themovie, they would go together and we would make money well what do boys likecomedy? What do girls like romance? Why don't we invent a romantic comedy andthen the boys will go with the girls...

...and they'll watch the kissing in hopesthat there can be kissing later and will make money and that's the designthat is the function of a romantic comedy. Some of you will say it's forentertainment, okay, it's to make money, that's what they want to do. What isthe function of a song? Well, it depends on the specific genre in thisone. The function is to get people to recognize their sin and turn turnfrom it, and it's a confession that penitential psom is a confession SOLG.So now that we have the background, let's look at at the actual song and inthe form we know. What's going to come. First in a Pentan, penotential PSOM,it's going to be an address to God, so here it is out of the depths. I cry toyou, Lord Lord, hear Y. U my voice! Let your ears be attentive to my cry formercy, so the Salmist is starting out out ofthe depths. I cry to you and there's an address. Lord Lord, I hear my voice and you'll noticesome of the the parallelism right there out of the depth. I cry to you, Lord,it's all capitalized and then Lord her my voice. So this is trying to say thesame thing, but there are a couple of differences. It's using two differentnames for for God, but out of the depths, I cry and here hear my voice.Let your ears be attentive to my cry from mercy, so this is the address. Weknow that it's going to God, anyone who is reading this SOM or singing this sobis about to talk to God in a penitential son, you're always going tohave an address to God, because we don't look to anybody else forforgiveness of sins and now we're going to have a crisis. It can be a crisis of any ton, any kind.Usually it's sin. So in this case, if you Lord, kept a record of sins whocould stand all right, we were all kids at onepoint and our parents had a record of sins. It wasn't that long. It was justusually at the end of the day. They wrap everything up and be like sohere's what you did and I couldn't stand up for one day of sins. Can youimagine if my parents kept a sin log for the last forty two years and theydon't even know everything? Can you imagine if my wife kept the SinLog for the last twenty years? She doesn't even know everything. Can you imagine if God kept a record ofsins, the rectord would be so long. In fact, I think there would be things onthere that you would go. I didn't even realize that I did that. I didn't evenrealize. That was a sin. I did oh man, I need to change my life and that'sthat's the point. There is a crisis. There is a sin crisis that saying, ifyou kept a record of sins who could stand, we couldn't be in hereworshipping 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 tenoticed, the change from thecrisis. All the sin you do to now forgiveness so that we can withreverence, 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 beforehim, no ability to worship to now with you. There is forgiveness and we are inthe Old Testament. We are not in forgiveness, where we think in the NewTestament Jesus died on the cross he's raised from the dead. We haveforgiveness now, therefore, given in the same way through the death of Jesus,but they are looking forward to it, so the forgiveness that they have is faithin 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 thereis forgiveness so that we can with reverence not feel so guilty, so that we can withreverence, come and sing good worship. Songs thanks for being here, even welove when you're, when you're here and appreciate it. No, but it's we canserve you, that's the focus I mean that's. That is a surprise. I think tome that we can serve you, because it's so generic, because worship is servicein 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 yourkids the way you're supposed to do that's service, so isn't justforgiveness so that we can with reverence worship. That would just be alittle part of service. It's there's forgiveness so that we can withreverence serve God with every bit of our being as a husband as a wife as amom as a dad as a kid as a grandparent as a grandkid, whatever you're doingyou can serve with reverence there is, then, maybe there we go a petition, it's a a pleafor Gods intervention, and this is where we sing and the song gets powerful and oneof the things that's I've been diving into this song. I so appreciate whoeverwrote the song because they kept the the words, are different and there'ssome other stuff added, but they kept the idea of the Psalm and the flow ofit really really well. So here is an affirmation of trust and it's this is going to be theturning point. So in the form, this is like a theological thing and they say Iwait for the Lord, my whole being waits and in his word I put my hope now whenDavid First introduced the song we 're singing this and I'm like, I wait forthe Lord, like I just sort of pictured myself like come on God hurry up. Likeyou know, when we were building our house, you know God hurry up. Could youjust make this a little bit faster, just pause for a moment on that ideaand realize that? That's that's not what we're! What we're thinking about!I wait for the Lord, my whole being weights and his word I put my hope. Iwait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning and this is not atyp o on the screen or from an email from me or in the Bible. More thanwatchmen wait for the morning. Samists would do this Hebrew poetry thatrepetition is important. So it's to to make a point, so we wait for the Lordand we don't wait in a hurried way. Minit and you'll you'llsee why we do this a little bit more towards the towards the end, but thewaiting is anticipation of how God is going to fulfil what he's promised. Sothe promise here is forgiveness so that with reverence we can serve you and the Israelite people, the Jews who this Sam is written to donot yet have forgiveness, they're. Looking forward to forgiveness andthey're, saying I will wait for the Lord, I will wait for him, knowing that theirforgiveness really is secure. It just hasn't happened yet because Jesushasn't died on the cross, but they are forgiven and they are able to servewith reverence and they say in his word. I put my hope, and the word isforgiveness. The word is grace. The word is salvation that that is whatthey have put their hope. Ind. They don't know Jesus. Yet we put our hopein Jesus they're, putting their hope in a coming Messiah. Who is Jesus and theywait. They wait for the Lord. The turning point of the Psalm, thetheological point, I'll wait for the Lord, my whole being weights and in hisword I put my hope now we have a petition is part of e theform this is going to be a plea for...

God's intervention. Israel put yourhope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is I likefull redemn Shit. What a full redemption is is great, Israel put yourhope in the Lord, so notice. It's address to the nation of Israel. Thisis 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 wejust said we're going to put our hope in in the word now we're going to putour hope in the Lord and we're going to get some reasons. Why, with the Lord,is unfailing, Love Wetl? Why do we need unfailing love because it just said ifGod kept a record of sins? Who could stand so I'm going to need unfailinglove, not just love, unfailing love, because I keep sinning and at somepoint maybe God will go. TAT's sit. I'm finished with him. I don't love himanymore, no, unfailing love and I'm going to need full redemption becauseyou just said if the list of sins were given. I couldn't stand against it, soI don't need partial redemption a little bit of forgiveness. I need totalfull redemption, or else I am in trouble and he himself will redeemIsrael from all their sins, so we're back to using Lord all capitalletters. So this is a reference to Yawa and Yawai is sometimes as sometimes God, the father, sometimesGod, the son, Jesus and sometimes the Holy Spirit and in this case think it's going to be God, The Sun, it's going to be Jesusbecause he himself will redeem Israel from all their sins, not just some but allof them. So Israel put your hope in God because he has unfailing love, he givesfull redemption and he himself will redeem Israel. We know that as Jesuscoming and dying on the cross for us that he himself will be the redemptionprice for Israel. He will actually pay it for them. They're, not quite surewhat what this means, but they know that God's going to be the one whoredeems Israel from not just some of their sins but from all of their theirsins, so matthew, twenty one. We have to knowjust a little bit more about Sam, an thirty and just a little bit more aboutMatthew. Twenty one matthew. Twenty one is happening onPalm Sunday, which is the week before eastern Sunday all right. So a number of people are moving intoIsrael because there is a feast on Thursday and Friday and Saturday andSunday that the Jewish people are going to be celebrating. So the whole nationof Israel is coming to Jerusalem. They are not coming in cards they're, notcoming in planes. They're walking all right, it's a little unsafe to walk allthat way, so they would walk in groups and as they would walk in groups, theybeat up with other groups, and you can imagine that the closer you got toJerusalem, the more groups you would meet up with and the larger the groupswould 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'sdesign that they would come to Israel and Orto Jeusalem and when they come,they would sing and they would sing specific songs and they were songs.They're called ascent sons, because when you go to Jerusalem, you always goup to Jerusalem, so you are ascending, so they would sing a sent songs and SAhunred nd. Thirty is an ascent song, which means that on Palm Sunday as Jesus and this largecrowd of people were going in, they were singing some undred nd thirty,maybe not the Shane and shame version, but maybe all right and the whole crowdwould be singing this song. They would...

...be singing. I will wait for you, I willwait for you, and Jesus is right there. So go back and re read. I will wait for the Lord, my wholebeing weigts and in his word I will put my hope, and Jesus is right there withthem. I will wait for the Lord. More than watchmen wait for the morning he'sright there with them, and Israel put your hope in the Lord Jesus who's rightthere with them with unfailing love and full redemption. Jesus is walking intoJerusalem to redeem the nation of Israel and the whole world from all oftheir sin. So Psalm Twenty one says, as they approached Jerusalem and came toBeth page on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sends two disciples ahead and says: Getthe donkey that we need it. Fulfills scripture, the disciples went and didas Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the Colt andplaced their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on them and a very large crowdis there that very large crowd isn't there for Jesus they're, all walkinginto Jerusalem and they're all singing and they're singing some hundredndthirty and a number of other psalms before and after it until all of asudden, they break out into a song that they've never done before. All of asudden, they start saying Hosanna to the son of David and Hosanna means.Please save blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord Hosannain the highest. Heaven. Please save. Can you imagine hearing Psalm Onethirty? I will wait for you. I will wait for you and then they're singing,please safe. It fits right in when theyre they're saying he himselfwill redeem all Israel from their sins. Please save and Jesus is right therewith them riding on a donkey fulfilling exactly what they're asking for. Pleasesave exactly what they've been singing their whole lives as they enter intoJerusalem, 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 tothe son of David blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord Hosannain the highest heaven and when Jesus entered Jerusalem. The whole city wasstirred and asked. Who is this because they have a thousand years of singingthat they've been doing every one of them? Their whole livesseveral times every year, and this is not the song you sing when you go intoJerusalem unless you're with the Messiah and they changed, they changed it andthey would have gone from all of these ascent psalms to now Jesus Hosanna andthe crowds answered. This is Jesus the Prophet from Nazareth in Galilee, sothey don't have a great answer as to who Jesus is. These are the same guyswho, as we talked in Sunday school, are going to say: crucify, Jesus they're,the same people who are going to see Jesus appear and some of these peopleput their faith in Jesus as their Messiah. Some of them do not over thenext decades of their of their life, but can you imagine being Jesus walkingin and fulfilling everything? The Prophet said, everything that wasdecided 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 oneof the gospels were told that Jesus weeps, because he said if you, Jerusalem hadonly known what was happening today. We were singing about it all togetherup the mountain down the mountain up into Israel. You said please safe. Ifyou had only known what was happening today, life would have been so muchdifferent for you, let's pray...

...father. We thank you for theconsistency of everything in scripture that, even when we don't know Idon't, know the facts. Even when we'reunsure everything points to Jesus everything points to the control thathe has and the salvation that we have through him, Lord, please save. If Jerusalem had only known what washappening that day, the salvation that was coming their saviour there toredeem them from all of their sins to show his unfailing love and providefull redemption. If they had known they would have acted differently. Lord, weknow, because we just heard from the Bible that a full redemption of all ofour sins is available through Jesus and the cry from us should be pleasesafe. If we've never become a Christian, the cry should be, please save, and ifwe are a Christian, the cry has to be. Thank you, God. Thank you. So much forwhat you have done. It's in Jesus name. We pray, AMEN.

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