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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Zechariah 9:9

Seeing the Summit as Plateau

Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!  See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.

James Tissot: David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem

We reflect today on King David’s Jerusalem, examining our own lives for those times when all seemed right, when we felt our most competent, when challenges were met and breaches mended.  We look at a welcoming plateau in our lives when we reached what we thought was an ultimate summit.  We leaf through memories of warm relationships when decisions were reached easily and when we found a common bond with others who were anxious to fend off the common enemy.

In 2 Samuel 6 David enters Jerusalem bearing the Ark David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the Lord with abandon, as he all the Israelites were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and to the sound of the horn.  David’s success brings both elation and jealousy from others.  David’s entry into Jerusalem marks both beginning and an end

Today we recall Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as a hero. People swarm after him hoping to catch a glimpse, perhaps hoping for a cure of some disease or heartbreak.  His followers, jostled by the crowd, either rejoice with pride or grumble with aggravation.  But as Jesus descends from the Mount of Olives, he, his disciples and the crowd all move forward inexorably into the city. They roll along powered by their enthusiasm and joy.  They have no idea that within the week some of them will have betrayed him.  Some of them will have jeered at him.  Some of them will have denied or condemned him.

Picture2When we exert great effort and take great risks to do as God asks, we celebrate as we reach what we perceive to be a pinnacle; but we must learn to collapse into the refuge of the plateau that God offers us rather than consider that we have reached the end of our journey.  Today we look at Jerusalem when David enters bearing the presence of the Lord and in that moment we see both happiness and envy – we know the stories of the events that follow.  Today we look at Jerusalem as Jesus enters in victory as the presence of God among us and in that moment we see deep happiness tinged with sorrow – for again we know the stories of the events that follow. Today if we look closely at our own entry into Jerusalem as a follower of Christ we see that we bear both our gifts and our pain to the Lord.  We have struggled to reach an impossible victory yet we know that there are untold stories yet to tell.

Pietro Lorenzetti: Jesus Enters Jerusalem and the Crowds Welcome Him

We know that this mountaintop is not an end experience but a high point in our journey home.  We need not see this gain as a loss for we are Easter people who live in Christ who tells us that the wonder and miracle of the Easter story that is about to unfold is true.  We know that each time we discover that a new conquest has been followed by a new defeat . . . we also discover that God is with us to carry us home.

When we find that our mountain victory is simply a plateau on which to rest we must rejoice . . . for we know that God is with us.

Spend some time today with King David’s Jerusalem as you make connections to your own Jerusalem experience.

Tissot image from: http://www.jesuswalk.com/david/08_david_ark.htm 

Lorenzetti image from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumphal_entry_into_Jerusalem 

King David’s Jerusalem: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/myth-and-reality-of-king-david-s-jerusalem

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