Terrain Day 10 Mount Of Olives: Digging Deeper

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Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) What is significant about the Mount of Olives? (verse 1)

2) Is Jesus asking the disciples to steal? (verses 2-3)

3) Why did Jesus desire to fulfill Old Testament prophecy? (verses 4-5)

Matthew 21:1-5

1 When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus then sent two disciples, 2 telling them, “Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied there with a foal. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place so that what was spoken through the prophecy might be fulfilled: 5 Tell Daughter Zion, “See, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Original Intent

1) What is significant about the Mount of Olives? (verse 1)
Jesus regularly went away to spend time in communion with God the Father. We see Him consistently choosing this before performing many miracles like feeding the multitude (Matthew 14:13-21), before calming the storm (Matthew 14:22-33), and during the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13). This scene at the Mt. of Olives stirs up feelings of anticipation and excitement for the coming Passover season. The city was abuzz with plans for the festival. The next experience at the Mount of Olives, only one week later, shows Jesus being turned over to Roman soldiers as He prayed in the Garden. (Luke 22:44-47) Both references display Jesus deeply abiding in the Father in preparation for what was coming next. Jesus, God Himself in the flesh, committed regular time to commune in solitude with the Father.

2) Is Jesus asking the disciples to steal? (
verses 2-3)
Jesus asked the disciples to pick up a donkey and colt that did not belong to Him or the disciples. However, Jesus is not asking the men to steal! The Lord God had gone ahead of the disciples and prepared someone’s heart who would be generous with their belongings. No doubt His Spirit had spoken to them and they were ready to give to the Lord as He had need when the time arrived. Jesus said, “If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them at once.” (verse 3) Jesus, as fully God, knew which livestock owner in the city of Bethphage would be asked to share part of his herd, and He prepped His disciples on how to engage him. The owner must’ve been obedient to the request as we see Jesus entering into the city using these animals!

3) Why did Jesus desire to fulfill Old Testament prophecy? (verses 4-5)
At the core of Old Testament prophecy, we see Jesus, as God in the flesh, being the fulfillment of God’s plan for redeeming rebellious, sinful mankind back to God. The law and prophesies were given by God to show humanity their desperate need for a Savior. Jesus came to fulfill the law and prophesies in perfection. Because Jesus was complete and perfect, only He could allow God’s wrath to be satisfied in Jesus’ death on the cross. Jesus knew fulfilling this specific prophecy about entering Jerusalem in a particular manner was crucial to His eventual fulfillment of God’s purpose for His earthly life.

Everyday Application

1) What is significant about the Mount of Olives? (verse 1)
Jesus led by example. He is fully God and fully man, yet this perfect God-man prioritized time of communion with the Father. He ministered to others from a place of rooted abiding. If you are in ministry leading others, take a look over your weekly calendar and consider where you are consistently carving time for being rooted with God and abiding with Him. It is easy to slip into auto-pilot and skip time with the Lord. The next temptation then becomes doing ministry in our own power rather than through the power of the Holy Spirit, for our name sake rather than His. Build time into your schedule to reflect on how you are doing in this area. Pray for a soft heart to hear from the Holy Spirit on where adjustment may need to be made! If you are not leading others, take a look over your weekly calendar, also considering where you are consistently choosing time to anchor deeply with God and His Word. Prioritize time with the Lord as part of your daily routine then find someone to help keep you accountable. Ask the Lord to grow you in your understanding of His Word and show you where He is calling you to serve others. Everyone has a unique role to fill in the Body of Christ! We want to be disciples of Jesus who make disciples to follow Him. What step can you make to further this mission today?

2) Is Jesus asking the disciples to steal? (
verses 2-3)
Our God is a God of details; He prepares all things! He prompts people to share their material goods to bless others. If the owner of the donkey and colt would’ve been stingy and disobedient when the need presented itself, the disciples would’ve run into a problem. Likewise, God asks us to generously share with others as He directs in order to accomplish His purposes. He may ask us to be generous with physical goods, our time, our emotional space, or an area we are gifted in like leadership, hospitality, or prayer. Think through what you have, then ask the Lord how He asks you to be generous. Process through your willingness to be obedient. Is your heart ready to say “yes”?

3)
Why did Jesus desire to fulfill Old Testament prophecy? (
verses 4-5)
Jesus knew His death was imminent; every prophecy about Him as the Messiah needed to be fulfilled prior to His crucifixion. His death and resurrection not only perfectly fulfilled every prophecy made about Him, but also perfectly satisfied God’s justice. Our sin required the payment of death. Christ paid this debt and gave us His righteousness instead. This gift is ours for the taking if we only come to Him, understanding our place of rebellion, wanting to be free from our sin, and surrendering to Jesus. If we have confessed our sin before our Most Holy God, asked for forgiveness and professed that Jesus Christ is Lord, we can have the new life Jesus achieved for us when He conquered Sin and Death by rising from the grave. This good news changes every aspect of our life including our thoughts, actions and heart. (Romans 12:1-2) Sometimes, after the newness of this amazing gift wears off, our hearts become hardened and we slip back into our old lifestyle of sin and rebellion. Or we allow Satan to hold our past sins over our heads, lying to us that we are not good enough for God to love us. Sitting in either place is not the new life God has given us. Contact us at prayer@gracefullytruthful.com if you would like to talk through moving away from those lies, we’d love to talk and pray with you!

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1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
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3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
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in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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