I’ve always loved being called a daughter. And even though my parents are gone, I still am known to refer to myself as Al and Naomi Beatty’s daughter. It’s a statement of honor, remembrance, and high esteem. In while I love being called wife, mother, sister, friend (and sometimes goofball!), I’m overwhelmingly fond of the royal name-call of daughter. In the Gospel of Matthew, the King coming on the foal of a donkey was an exact fulfillment of 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.” A daughter-land awaiting her King. Despite the constant rebellion of the daughter of Zion (Israel) against her Father, He promises to restore her and present her with a Deliverer-King in the form of Jesus. “Daughter” implies that God is a loving father. He loves His people, even when they reject Him. By using the metaphor “daughter of Zion,” God shows how He felt for the rebellious Israelites: frustrated, angry, but always with a hopeful eye to the future when the relationship would be restored. He could once again return to them and welcome them into His arms (Zechariah 2:10). On this Palm Sunday of my sixtieth year, this daughter, too, awaits her King. And even when she has gravely disappointed Him, hurt Him or hurt others with a spiritual veneer of positioning or prideful justification, He returns to her again and again. I welcome you, Jesus. This daughter jumps for joy with grateful anticipation of your arrival. “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord – the King of Israel!”

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John Patersen March 19, 2016 @10:51 pm
 

I"m a pastor of a small church in Indiana. I don't know that I always think about the feminine side of the gospel. and to that, I really am in a state of remorse. I don't look at anything from a female perspective. But somehow, Sue, you do it with such precision and wonder. God has truly blessed you with a fabulous presentation of Jesus.

Sherri McEverson March 19, 2016 @10:44 pm
 

Daughter-Land of the King. Awesome. Did you brand this? You should.

Jennifer Johnson March 19, 2016 @10:00 pm
 

I am a daughter too, Sue. So grateful that we can still "welcome Christ" with imperfect hands - raised high. I'm with you all the way. Good words here, and I'm printing this out for my bible study class tomorrow.

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