We continued our study of the last week before the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Yesterday was the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As Jesus and His disciples were walking to Jerusalem, Jesus told them that He was going to die. Matthew 20:17-19. Many that came to celebrate Passover heard that Jesus was coming and went out to meet Him. They placed their cloaks and palm branches in the road. Why did the people do that? It symbolizes honor for the king. 2 Kings 9:13, “They hurried and took their cloaks and spread them under Him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted, “Jehu is king!”
Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey. This fulfilled prophecy. Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
The people praised Jesus with Psalms. Psalms 118:26, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you.” They shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Hosanna means “save.” The people wanted a king to save them from Roman oppression, but Jesus came to save them from sin and death. Romans 8:1-2, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”
Their praise and cheers will soon change into jeers.
Two of our boys, brothers, had a court hearing. One went home, the other returned to Casa. Reason? He wanted to stay for an education. I talked to him to make sure there was no other reason but with tears, he reassured me that was the reason. If the family situation is good, then children should be with their family. However, sometimes looking toward the future and desiring a quality education that Casa provides is a good choice. The best part of this…we have more time to love, take care of, disciple and teach him about the Lord.
Watching a few of our boys and our little one play Bancopoly, which is Guatemala’s version of Monopoly, is interesting. The game lasted 30 minutes. I guess that is why it is called a “bored” game.
Being a dorm parent requires making decisions that will hurt feelings yet provide a teaching lesson. Today was no exception. One of our junior leaders has not been a good example at school, and he had been warned that it would affect his position as a junior leader. Our expectation is for the leaders to lead by example in behavior and grades. Well after reports of bad behavior, I decided to release him from the position and offer it to another boy. I explained my position to him and with tears in his eyes, he understood. I did tell him that he was a hard worker here in the dorm; he needs to have the same effort at school. Sometimes change can make a change in others.
Lee and Candy