A messenger was sent to declare a new king in Israel. The Bible describes him as a madman in attire and in conduct. It sounds like John the Baptist, but this happened in that older testament. The Word of God was in his mouth; the prophecy and appointment of this new king was sure and sound. When the message was given, the men around him, “…took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted….”
(2 Kings 9) The new king was Jehu and he was sent to destroy the sinful kingdom of Ahab and Jezebel, as well as establish the Law of the Lord in Israel.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem and the people shouted, “Hosanna, blessed is He Who cometh in the name of the Lord!” It was a reflection of the story of Jehu. They too blew a trumpet and shouted, “Jehu is king!” The religious leaders of Jesus’ day knew the stories of the Old Testament which provoked them to quiet the crowd. They should have seen the semblance. Jesus was the King! The people were spreading out their coats before Him, just as it happened for Jehu. The people were shouting out their recognition of Him, but the leaders rejected their praise.
There are no less than 44 prophecies foretold of this King Jesus. Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophets. He was the reflection of the righteous kings. He was from the tribe of Judah. (Genesis 49:10) He was born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2) They called Him Emmanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) And today, we have come to recognize Him as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Hosanna! Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord. His name is and forever shall be, Jesus!
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole