Matt. 21 Reminds me that this Sunday is Palm Sunday!!!
Reading 21:18-19, always makes me giggle. I think, Jesus, like any man, gets “irritable” when he’s hungry!
The verse that really got me thinking today was, Matt. 19:28, Again Jesus is talking to his 12. “…you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
What? What on earth is he saying? ….Ok,..let’s figure this out….
Judges 2:16 says a judge’s principle purpose (in the O.T.) was, “to save them (Israel) out of the hands of raiders.” It’s possible that the hears of Jesus words would have pictured this type of judge when Jesus says they will be judging Israel. The way we think of a judge today, is one that deems guilty or innocent. And we know that Jesus is that ultimate judge from John 5:22.
We just read recently that Jesus said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” It seems to me that once again, Jesus is giving authority to these 12 to continue his work, save the lost of Israel from “raiders” or “the enemy” described in the parable we read in Matt 13:24-30.
By turning the Israelites away from their sins, toward Jesus, they were saving the Israelites out of the hand of Satan (the Raider). In that way they were the 12 judges of Israel. Their work spread throughout the world, to Jews and Gentiles. AND, they get credit for that work! We will read in Revelation 21:14, that their names are written on the foundation of the wall of the New Holy City. Those 12 men, minus Judas (but Matthias was added in Acts 1:26), were the foundation of the church (us) that we know today.
Well, that brings a little bit more clarity of that scripture to me. How about you?
I realize that the focus of your reading may have landed on something completely different. Let me know what you got out of your reading!!