“Sing Hosanna To The Son Of David!”
“The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’ they were indignant. ‘Do you hear what these children are saying?’ they asked him. ‘Yes,’ replied Jesus, ‘have you never read, “From the lips of infants you have ordained praise?”‘” (Mt.21:14-16).
African wisdom holds that even when you dance inside water your enemies will still accuse you of raising dust. I got interested in the word “indignant.” I checked its meaning and it says, “feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment.”
So how could it be that the wonderful things Jesus did and the chant of the children was perceived as unfair treatment such that it angered or annoyed those “holy people?”
Simple answer: “The wordings of the children’s praise did not please them!
We should pity those holy people who spent more time following Jesus, looking for his weak points instead of learning from him and be converted. See the way Jesus ridiculed them further. When Jesus asked, “Have you never read…,” he was in other words mocking them. How can chief priests and teachers of the law who interpret the scriptures to the people not know what is written? Blind guides leading people into the abyss, yet claiming to be the light!
Whenever doctrine and tradition becomes primary to the scriptures, then there is danger of error!
Dear friend, as for us, let us recognise the wonderful things that Jesus does in our midst and join in the children’s shout, “Hosanna to the Son of David.”
Make it your rule of life never to be envious of anybody’s good fortune; rather praise God for being good to them.
Prayer: Hosanna to you Son of David for the wonderful things you have done for others. Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!