May 4: which way (2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18-19; Matthew 21)

Today’s readings present two kings: King David and King Jesus. Jesus enters Jerusalem (the City of David) on a donkey. Why a donkey? To show humility and peace. His first act is to cleanse the Temple so that it would be a house of prayer. He healed people. He taught as one who had authority. That, of course, is not what the people had in mind for a King. They were hoping for a King like David who was victorious in battle and established Israel as a nation to be feared and respected. In 2 Samuel 7, David was told that the Messiah would be among his descendants. Could Jesus be that Messiah? But is he the Messiah the people wanted?

The Bible provides pictures of two kings. Which one will we follow? Which one will we honor? Which way will we live?

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