By Pastor Phil Derstine (4/5/20)
Palm Sunday Praise
- John 12:12 “The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. (13) They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!”
- Luke 19:40 “I tell you, he replied, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
- I Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Psalm 92:12 “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree.”
- Able to flourish in arid, desert conditions
- Grow from within – sap is in the center
- Have flexibility to ride out the storms
- Sheds growth from the former years
- Roots grow deep, strong, and thick
- Become more fruitful with age – 100 years
- Branches symbolize victory, prosperity, joy
The Blood of the Lamb
- Exodus 12:13 “The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.”
- John 1:29 “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
- I Corinthians 5:7 “Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch – as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
The Blessing of Tithing
Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
- The Tithe is devoted – return the 1/10 to God
- God has a blessing in mind!
Malachi 3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. (9) You are under a curse – the whole nation of you – because you are robbing me.”
- rob (Heb: qaba) – to cover, like a goblet, to keep it from pouring out, to obstruct or hinder God.
- We rob God of the opportunity to pour out a blessing!
- God wants to neutralize the curse and pour you out a blessing!