This is the Day that Yahweh has Made
This is the day Yahweh has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O Yahweh, save us; O Yahweh, grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Yahweh. From the house of Yahwehwe bless you. Yahwehis God, and he has made his light shine upon us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar (Psalm 118:24-27).
Several things took place on this day:
1. A day of rejoicing and celebration: let us rejoice and be glad in it.
2. Petition for salvation: O Yahweh, save us; O Yahweh, grant us success.
3. Proclamations: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Yahweh and Yahweh is God.
4. Celebration: With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession. The Jewish Passover.
5. Up to the horns of the altar, where sacrifices are made for the atonement of sin.
This is the day of Jesus Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. It took place just before the Feast of Passover. Lets compare the Psalm to the description in the gospels.
They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna [hosanna means save] to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Yahweh!" "Hosanna [hosanna means save] in the highest!" When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?" (Matthew 21:7-10)
When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna! [hosanna means save] " "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Yahweh!" "Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!" "Hosanna [hosanna means save] in the highest!" Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple (Mark 11:7-11).
They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Yahweh!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes (Luke 19:35-42).
Another prophecy also describes the coming of Messiah the King.
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 (Zechariah 9:9).
The prophecies of Psalms and Zechariah identify this day as when the Messiah came as King and the gospel accounts describe the prophetic fulfillment. Jesus also came as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world, up to the horns of the altar, where He made a covenant by His sacrifice.
Many people today do not understand the significance of this day to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In Daniel 9:25 we are told that from the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Messiah the King there would be (7 + 62 sevens) or 483 years.
Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Messiah the King comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' (Daniel 9:25).
March 14, 445 BC to April 6, 32 AD = 483 Years
From the Decree in Nehemiah 2:4-8 to the coming of the King in John 12:1
Jesus did not come as King at His birth, nor at His baptism, nor did He come as King on the Cross. No, Jesus came as Messiah the King on this day, This is the day Yahweh has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
For those who like to do the numbers check out - The Coming Prince by Sir Robert Anderson
Richard H Perry