Palm Sunday. It’s a great day of celebration.
The King has come into his Temple and it’s not a pretty trip.
Part of the reading of Holy Week can really grate on a person!
7 “Awake, sword, against my shepherd,
against the man who is close to me!”
declares the Lord Almighty.
“Strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered,
and I will turn my hand against the little ones.
8 In the whole land,” declares the Lord,
“two-thirds will be struck down and perish;
yet one-third will be left in it.
9 This third I will put into the fire;
I will refine them like silver
and test them like gold.
They will call on my name
and I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are my people,’
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” (Zech. 13:7-9)
The King has come to take care of his people… and that includes taking care of business.
We need his fire refining us because we need to come out as something ready for his use.