Easter will soon be evident with dresses, decorations, cantatas, and sunrise services on most church calendars. No doubt many references to Mark 11:9 will be sung or preached on this most revered Christian holiday. I have sung “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord” several times in Easter cantatas myself. Even the “once a year” church attenders can recite this phrase with little coaching. As with so much of Christianity today, the context of this phrase is never quoted, preached, or sung about because verse 10 does not support the narrative. Here are both verses for your contemplation.
Mar 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
Mar 11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
Why does verse 9 ring true to most every Christian? We have heard it sung and preached scores of times during our Christian life. Why have we never heard verse 10 mentioned in the context, sung about or preached? Verse 10 positively links Jesus and his ministry to the earthly kingdom that was promised to King David and Israel. This kingdom was an earthly kingdom and NOT heaven like your church probably teaches every Sunday. Following Christian tradition forces you to preach certain verses over and over and to ignore other verses. Why? Because tradition is followed instead of the Bible in most churches today. Verse 10 is definition for verse 9. Verse 9 is Christ coming. Verse 10 is exactly what Christ was coming for, the earthly kingdom promised to David in II Samuel 7:12-16. Why do you think Matthew 1:1 starts out the way it does?
Mat 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Why do you think the people following Jesus during his early ministry were asking the following question?
Mat 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
Why do you think Jesus did not have to explain his ministry to the Jews? His ministry needed no explanation because every Jew knew exactly what kingdom Jesus was preaching about. The Davidic kingdom promised to Israel and not to you as a Gentile. The Jews knew nothing of going to Heaven as you are probably taught week after week. All John the Baptist had to say was the kingdom of Heaven was at hand and every Jew knew exactly what he was talking about. The kingdom and the throne promised to Israel in hundreds of verses in the OT. You have never heard verse 10 of Mark 11 preached because it does not fit the traditional narrative that Jesus was really offering a “spiritual” kingdom. You are free of course to believe this but just remember that the words in the Bible itself do not teach this. Hundreds of prophecies in the Bible must be ignored and conveniently never taught for you to take from Israel what God gave to Israel. The words in the Bible itself teach the kingdom Jesus offered was earthly and was offered to Israel alone. You are taught week after week that we are building a kingdom now and Jesus is supposedly ruling in our hearts. This is church tradition handed down in seminaries and Bible colleges and is not supported by scripture unless you force the verses to say things they don’t. Christians today will eagerly stand up and fight for their tradition when challenged with the truth of scripture. How about you?
Steve Schoenberger is a student of the Bible and the teacher at Abundant Grace Bible Fellowship, A Mid-Acts Dispensational Bible church teaching the Bible rightly divided according the revelation of the mystery delivered to the Apostle Paul