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Matthew 21:18-27
That very same power of Jesus - that very same authority to judge - is also at work for the disciples. As dependent people - people of 'faith' - they depend on the authority of the one they depend upon! And that dependence on this Jesus - wholehearted and without doubting his identity - will change the world (v20-23). Moreover, the very place this is displayed is the place of dependence: prayer!

What an encouragement!

Prayer:
Father, thank you that I can depend on Jesus. Amen.
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Matthew 21:18-27
Jesus is human (he is hungry). But he is also God - and as he approaches a fig tree, in leaf, expecting a fig, he finds fruitlessness - the fig tree is not being what a fig tree should be. And the statement by Jesus expresses his divinity.

Cursing the fig tree for its barren nature, Jesus reveals his divine authority as the king, who judges. Touching on Old Testament imagery that describes God's people as a fig tree, and their lack of fruit as a dried up fig tree, Jesus performs a miracle of judgement - and it reflects on what he has seen and experienced in Jerusalem the day before.

God has ridden in on a donkey - a man who is God - and, as king, he has pronounced judgement on his own people - they are independent of God, and they are unfruitful. They are not dependent upon God, and they are unfruitful. They are half-hearted in their obedience to God, self-interested in their relationship with God, and they are unfruitful.

Prayer:
Father, help me to hear your warning in this miracle of judgement. Amen.
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Matthew 21:1-17
All the outsiders come to Jesus in the Temple - the dependent ones (the lame, the blind, the children) - Jesus heals, and they sing his praises, knowing that he saves.

The insiders are indignant - how dare this take place? How dare the dependent speak in the house of God?

Jesus hears what they say - and he points them to Psalm 8: 3... The magnificence of man leads to independence from God... and so God uses the mouths of the dependent to silence the independent.

An amazing and confronting statement - and expressed by Jesus in the present tense. Might we be confronted at this point?

Prayer:
Father, thank you for the praise of the dependent that you have ordained to silence the independent. Please open my mouth to sing your praises. Amen.
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