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Good morning everybody. My name is Pete Cabrera Jr. With Royal Family International University School of identity and lifestyle man, I was just man, I was just whew. Man, I’ve been stuck on this. I got up this morning and man I literally felt like weeping when I was reading this because I’ve read this so many times.
But I’m in the season where I’ve been really searching out the face of God and really just buckling down on the character of Christ. So I started like digging in to the backstory of Jesus. And man I started reading this morning in Matthew chapter 21. I started reading where he was coming in, His entry into Jerusalem and there’s just so much in here. So.
So I started reading a lot of background on rabbinical teaching, rabbinical and started getting to the Mishnah I started doing a lot of study on the background of Jerusalem, Palestine, I started searching out a lot of things that I always had questions about. And so I just started, you know, started reading started searching started digging. And, you know, I got this information, this knowledge, you know, through the, through the Scriptures and through searching things out. And so when I read this again,I was like, Okay,this just, it just, it opens up, it just opens up, it opens up in a way that now I’ve read this before. I’ve read this before, butwhen I read it this time, because I started doing the back, you know, my my My background checks on things and searching out why this is going on and what is happening. So the last time I read Matthew 21I knew about the zealots, but I really didn’t know what I know now about the zealots, and why the zealots were there. And why the palms,right because on Palm Sunday, you see, you know them pulling palms down off trees, laying them down, and they’re saying Hosanna Hosanna and you’re wondering like, why are they doing this? Why are they holding the palms? Why are they laying it down? Why is Jesus coming on on a colt? Why is he coming in on the donkey? Why is he coming into the east gate? What’s going on? What’s happening? Why is it written in this fashion? What is it that God wants us to find in these passages?
So I started just breaking them down. I started looking for them. And wow wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Okay. Let me just show you some things. This is this. I love the word the way God is justthe way he’s just strategically placed jewels and treasures in His Word, just mind boggling to me. So I’m just going to read it real quick. So I’m asking why the palms? Why the donkey? And why is he weeping over Jerusalem? These are the questions that that I’ve always that I’ve always asked why is the palms, you know, what does that mean? Because we did it on Palm Sunday right we we have the palms and we Hosanna and what does that represent? Why do he come in on a colt? You know, it’s just so much what’s going on. So before I read this, let me give you a backstory, so we know that Rome came into power, I think 64 bc before Christ Rome took over pretty much the world. It was the power that was basically running the world and it came in with religion. It came in with his beliefs. Then you have these people that are called the zealots. Now the zealots came in, because they didn’t believe in the Word of God says that we will have no other gods but God.And so the zealots were always defending the fact that, hey, we should not have anything to do with the Roman people with Roman Empire. We don’t believe in serving a king we only serve God.
And so the zealots, they created a revolt because they started getting taxed. So the Romans started taxing and taking land and so there is a guy named Judah in the dock these two guys who they created the the revolt, which was the zealots, now the zealots, were the people that were committed to God and in Numerals 25:11 through 13, there was a guy named Phinehas who was a rabbi or a wasn’t really a rabbi, but he was a a teacher of the law or he was someone that was defending God’s word. And he took a spear and pierced it through someone. And so the Zealot said, Hey, we can use this kind of force. We can use this whatever force we need to make sure that we’re not being oppressed. So, the Zealot movement was was born and the zealots were the people that were constantly raising up a revolt fighting against Rome. So all this is going on. So you have Roman Empire, and then you have the kingdom of God. And this is happening in Jerusalem. It’s right there in the center, you have the Roman king who comes in from the west, and you have Jesus who comes in from the east and you find out later on through Zacharias and through psalms 118 and psalms 24 that this is what’s going to happen you know, Jesus is going to come in on a colt The king is going to come in on a colt, he’s going to bring peace gonna destroy the bahal, he’s gonna destroy the church, he’s going to bring this message of peace. So this is Jesus coming in from the east is coming in from Mount olives from that side, and on the other side, is Mount herodion. It’s another mountain and that mountain was built by Herod. A lot of people don’t understand this, but Herod actually built a mountain so he could build something on it and Herod used his finances and his power to create this mountain. You have a mountain that was Mount Olive, and then you had mount herodian it was Herod’s mountain it was these two mountains.
You know when you hear about Jesus crushing the fig tree, and he says, If you speak to this mountain, he’s talking to the herodian mount. He’s talking to the Mount of Herod that’s sitting right on the other side, because they’re on Mount Olive. And he says, If you tell this mountain to throw yourself into the sea, if you have the faith of a mustard seed, you could tell this man to throw itself into the sea. What he is saying is if a man can use his power and his might to create a mountain, like that, if he can create a mountain, with his strength and with his power, how much more can you do with faith in God, which means that you can tell that mountain to move you can do more than what Herod did. You can create a kingdom, God’s kingdom that’s greater and vaster, more powerful if you had that faith. And that’s what the whole mustard seed is about. But when he’s speaking to the fig tree and he’s cursing it, he’s teaching his disciples something because the fig tree always represents the things of God, the figs represent something sweet, something that you get from a rabbi, something that you get, it’s always brought back to something, because they didn’t have candy back didn’t have candy they didn’t have what we have now, so they had fig trees. And fig trees was a delicacy. It was sweet. If you had a fig tree in your yard, you’re like, Man, this thing is amazing. Everybody wanted a fig tree? And so what he’s saying, when he’s saying this is the fig tree represents what the Pharisees had the Saduccees have, the word the the knowledge and the wisdom of God, a spiritual, the spiritual leadership at the time, and there was nothing there. It was barren. It wasn’t giving the people what they needed. It wasn’t sweet. It wasn’t beautiful anymore. And so he curses the fig tree. That’s what all that’s about. He’s telling them that if you speak to the fig tree, and this fig tree is not producing what it is that God wants to give us because the fig tree is a tree and God’s word is sweet. And so this is what he’s telling his disciples when he curses the fig tree. This is rabbinical rabbinical teaching.
Rabbinical teachings a little different than Western teaching. Because what you get in a Western teaching is it’ll just go right over your head. For instance, when you hear teachings about two people, like hear about the demoniac, there’s a demoniac, in Mark chapter five, and then there’s another demoniac, then you have two demoniacs, so you have two demoniacs. And you have one, and the instance of the colt, you have one colt in in one book, and then you have two colts in the other. So why are they adding it in? Under rabbinical teaching, what happens is the author puts you in the story. So he’ll add a person in the story, placing you and you understanding it, there’s two people, you become the person in that story. And now you’re watching it from a different perspective. So what what the rabbi is doing what the teacher is doing? He’s drawing you into a story, to bring you into it to say, to have you ask yourself, what would you do in this circumstance? So when you hear two blind men, he’s basically inviting you into the story. So you can look at what’s going on from the perspective of a blind man, meaning Now that you saw this, what will you do the demoniac now that you saw this, what would you do now that there’s two donkeys Now that means that you should be riding along with Jesus. This is what the story is about with the two with the two colts, the two donkeys is that you’re sitting there watching what’s going on. That’s what all that’s about. So whenever you hear that, that’s the way they’re teaching to draw you into the story. And what I find very interesting about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey is if you go to Exodus 13:13, there is a law that’s called the broken neck donkey law. Now this goes all the way back to Exodus. Now the reason that you break the donkey’s neck is because Pharaoh was stubborn, stiff necked, he was stubborn and wouldn’t listen to God. So when they were redeemed when when Moses came in and set them free, the law now was that every donkey firstborn donkey, you have to redeem it, which means that you have to set it free. Now, if no one redeems it you have to break its neck.