January 16: Save Us!
Genesis 27, Matthew 20:17–21:22, Ecclesiastes 6:5–12
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matt 21:9). Idiomatically, this means: “Save [me], I pray, the Son of David. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of Yahweh! Save [me], I pray, by the highest!”
When the people shout these words about Jesus as He enters Jerusalem, they affirm His divinely appointed role and His ability to save them. And the original psalm that this phrase comes from is about their God, Yahweh. Perhaps the people understood Jesus as one with God (Psa 118:25–26).
As He enters Jerusalem, Jesus’ actions align with Zech 9:9, which foretells of a savior-king who will enter on a donkey (Matt 21:5).
For first-century Jews, everything lined up to affirm Jesus as God’s way of bringing salvation, and they responded to Him as such. This prompts several questions: how often do we see the alignment between what’s happening and God’s plan? How many parallels or opportunities do we miss? And how often do we forget to say “save me”?
Whenever possible, and just like the whole city of Jerusalem during Passover, we should be stirred to ask, “Who is this?” (Matt 21:10).
What do you currently need Jesus to save you from? In what areas of life could you be missing out on Jesus’ presence? How can you make Him part of those areas of your life again?
JOHN D. BARRY
- And when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim (so that he could not see) he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son, And he answered him, I am here. Then he said, Behold, I am now old, and know not the day of my death. Wherefore now, I pray thee take thine instruments, thy quiver and thy bow, and get thee to the field, that thou mayest take me some venison. Then make me savory meat, such as I love, adn being it me that I may eat, and that my soul may bless thee, before I die. (Now Rebekah heard, when Isaac spake to Esau his son) and Esau went into the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. Then Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I have heard thy father talking with Esau thy brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savory meat, that I may eat and bless thee before the Lord, afore my death. Now therefore, my son, hear my voice int hat which I command thee. Get thee now to the flock, and bring me thence two good kids of the goats, that I may make pleasant meat of them for thy father, such as he loveth. Then thou shalt bring it to thy father, and he shall eat, to the intent that he may bless thee before his death. But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is rough, and I am smooth. My father may possibly feel me, and I shall seem tohim as a mocker: so shall I bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. But his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only hear my voice, and go and bring me them. So he went and set them, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made pleasant meat, such as his father loved. And Rebekah took fair clothes of her elder son Esau, which were in her house, and clothed Jacob her younger son: And she covered his hands and the smooth of his neck with the skins of the kids of the goats. Afterward she put the pleasant meat and bread, which she had prepared, in the hand of her son Jacob. And when he came to his father, he said, My father. Who answered, I am here: who art thou, my son? And Jacob said to his father, I am Esau thy firstborn, I have done as thou badest me, arise, I pray thee: sit up and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. then Isaac said unto his son, How hast thou found it so quickly my son? Who said, Because the Lord thy God brought it to mine hand. Again said Isaac unto Jacob, Come near now, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be that my son Esau, or not. Then Jacob came near to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. (For he knew him not, because his hands were rough as his brother Esau’s hands: wherefore he blessed him.) Again he said, Art thou that my son Esau? Who answered, Yea. then said he, Bring it me hither, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it to him, and he ate: also he brought him wine, and he drank. Afterward his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. And he came near and kissed him. Then he smelled the savor of his garments, and blessed him, and said, Behold, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field, which the Lord hath blessed. God give thee therefore of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plent of wheat and wine. Let people be thy servants, and nations bow down unto thee: be Lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s children honor thee, cursed be he that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee. And when Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, then came Esau his brother from his hunting. And he also prepared savory meat, and brought it to his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that thy soul may bless me. But his fahter Isaac said unto him, Who art thou? And he answered, I am thy son, even thy firstborn Esau. Then Isaac was stricken with a marvelous great fear, and said, Who and where is he that hunted venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest? and I have blessed him, therefore he shall be blessed. When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with a great cry and bitter, out of measure, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, my father. Who answered, Thy brother came with subtlety, and hath taken away thy blessing. Then he said, Was he not justly called Jacob? for he hath deceived me these two times: he took my birthright, and lo, now hath he taken my blessing. Also he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me? Then Isaac answered, and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I made his servants, and with wheat and wine have I furnished him, and unto thee now what shall I do, my son? Then Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me, also my father, and Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. Then Isaac his father answered, and said unto him, Behold, the fatness of the earth shall be thy dwelling place, and thou shalt have of the dew of heaven from above. And by thy word shalt thou live, and shalt be thy brother’s servant. But it shall come to pass, when thou shalt get the mastery, that thou shalt break his yoke from thy neck. Therefore Esau hated Jacob, because of the blessing, wherewith his father blessed him. And Esau thought in his mind, The days of mourning for my father wil come shortly, then I will slay my brother Jacob. And it was told to Rebekah of the words of Esau her elder son, and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau is comforted against thee, meaning to kill thee: Now therefore my son, hear my voice: arise, and flee thou to Haran to my brother Laban, And tarry with him a while until thy brother’s fierceness be swaged. And till thy brother’s wrath turn away from thee, and he forget the things, which thou hast done to him: then will I send and take thee from thence: why should I be deprived of you both in one day? Also Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life, for the daughters of Heth. If Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth like these of the daughters of the land, what availeth it me to live? Genesis 27
- And Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief Priests, and unto the Scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles, to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him, but the third day he shall rise again. Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wouldest thou? She said to him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one at th right hand, and the other at thy left hand in thy kingdom. And Jesus answered, and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I shall be baptized with? they said to him, We are able.And he said unto the, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and shall be baptized with the baptism, that I am baptized with, but to sit at my right hand, and at my left hand, is not mine to give: but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. And when the other ten heard this, they disdained at the two brethren. Therefore Jesus caled them unto him, and said, Ye know that the lords of the Gentiles have domination over them, and they that are great, exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your servant. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant. Even as the Son of man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life for the ransom of many. And as they departed from Jeridcho, a great multitude followed him. And behold, two blind men, sitting by the way side, wehn tehy heard that Jesus passed by, cried, saying, O Lord, the Son of David, have mercy on us. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, O Lord, the Son of David, have mercy on us. Then Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I should do to you? The said to him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. And Jesus moved with compassion, touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. . Matthew 20:17–21:22
- Also he hath not seen the sun, nor known it: therefore this hath more rest than the other. And if he lived a thousand years twice told, and had seen no good, shall not all go to one place? All the labor of man is for his mouth: yet the soul is not filled. For what hath the wise man more than the fool? what hath the poor that knoweth how to walk before the living? The sight of the eye is better than to walk in the lusts: this also is vanity, and vexation of spirit. What is that that hath been? the name thereof is now named: and it is known that it is man: and he cannot strive with him that is stronger than he. Ecclesiastes 6:5–12