Monday, January 31, 2011

Hearing the Scriptures in the Scriptures

I had a seminary professor who admonished us that if we were reading something in Scripture and did not hear at least three other passages of scripture, then we did not know our scripture well enough.

Today I was going through the One Year Bible Reading from Biblegateway, and came across this passage in Exodus 12.

11 “After the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites and gives it to you, as he promised on oath to you and your ancestors, 12 you are to give over to the LORD the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the LORD. 13 Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons.

From it I recalled this passage.
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

5 “Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
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6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

And of course when I kept reading in the devotional, there it was. Someone else has set this up to find the parallels for us. Do you hear the similarities too? A strange sense of foreshadowing is taking place here to remind us that this time the Donkey will not redeem the Lamb.

(Of course the cynic and snark did crop up and I wondered why the Lamb of God would redeem the asses of this world)


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