January 30, Reading 3 – Matthew 21:1-32

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SAA Notes

The crowds had just come from singing Psalm 24 at the close of morning worship in the Temple. Jesus’ title ‘The Son of David’ is most illuminating. It means that Jesus is David’s heir, and noone disputed this fact. Jesus’ parable of the two sons always searches our heart.

SJA Notes

Here is, again, the upside-down nature of God’s kingdom.

Who believed John the Baptist when he spoke of Jesus?

It was the tax collectors and the prostitutes!

Even when the leaders of the church at that time _saw_ (the way of righteousness), then still wallowed in disbelief.

Do we believe the gospel? Do we trust that the message of God’s word is true and good and absolute?

Do we believe that Jesus came to save sinners?

Do we believe that He ascended into heaven and sits right now at the right hand of God the Father?

Do we believe that God is trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

Do we believe those who tell us the truth of God, as He is revealed through the scriptures?

Belief is so important. And it’s not something that operates under the algorithms of the world. It’s not the powerful who always believe, or the rich or famous.

“For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him.”

* Gracious God,

Please forgive us our sin.

We believe, please help our unbelief!

Please help us to hear the message of Your word. The truth of who You are.

We love You Lord God, save and sanctify us this day we pray.

Amen.

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