• Jim Zeigler

Palm Sunday Predicted by Old Testament prophets


The Passover and Passion weeks

Passover instructions - Exodus 12:3-7

Chose the sacrifice

When God freed the Israelite's from Egyptian slavery he used ten plagues to defeat the gods of Egypt. The last of these was the death of the firstborn. Israel was instructed how to avoid this judgement.

Exodus 2:1-7 “Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side-posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.”

  • Make sure the sacrifice is sufficient

  • Make sure the sacrifice is acceptable to God

  • Offer the sacrifice

  • Literally between the evenings

  • Apply the blood of the sacrifice

Sixty-nine weeks – Daniel 9:25

Messiah the Prince

“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” Daniel 9:25

  • Decree to Rebuild was issued March 14, 445 BC

  • 69 weeks of 7 biblical years Biblical year equals 360 days according to Noah

  • 483 biblical years, 173,880 days from decree brings us to Palm Sunday is April 6, 32 AD

Passion Week Sacrifice - Matthew 21:1-11

Chose the sacrifice

“And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them, and straightway he will send them. All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” Matthew 21:1-11

On that Palm Sunday Jesus was hailed as the chosen one of Israel. John the Baptist had said of Him "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29

Make sure the sacrifice is sufficient

Matthew 21:18 “Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered."

Matthew 21:23 And, when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people, came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?”

Matthew 22: 15 “Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us, therefore, What thinkest thou?”

Make sure the sacrifice is acceptable to God

Matthew 23:1-2 “Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying…”

He was found without any blemish and was perfect and without any sin.

He was the only acceptable sacrifice for payment of our sins. The Just for the unjust.

1 Peter 3:18 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:"

The Crucifixion – Matthew 27:45-50

Offer the sacrifice

Matthew 27:45-50 ”Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost."

A lamb, the lamb, your lamb

Lamb killed between 3-6pm. Just when the Passover Lamb was slain and the blod was put on the door posts.

Exodus 12:23 "For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you."

The shed blood of Jesus is our payment for sin.


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