Matthew 21: 15-16. “And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David: they were sore displeased. And said unto Him, Hearest Thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou has perfected praise?”
Sore displeased. That means they were ticked off, mad as a wet hen, wrapped around the axle! Their handy little banking and stockyard businesses had just been disrupted, and they were NOT happy. Then, to make matters worse, the chief priests and scribes stood and watched miracle after miracle, as Jesus healed the lame and the blind. And, of all things, those bratty little kids were following Him all over the place crying out “Hosanna! to the son of David!”
It was enough to sour a rabbi’s stomach. Was there no respect, no order, no adherence to tradition? This must be stopped, and stopped now!
So they went to Jesus, all up on their dignity, and they said, “Don’t You know what these raggedy little children are saying? They’re calling You the son of David! Outrageous! Insufferable!”
And Jesus, as always, had the last word. I love this. Jesus said, “Haven’t you read?” And He quoted Psalm 8:2. This is a Messianic Psalm, partially fullfilled here in Matthew 21:16. Here are the first two verses:
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth! Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained strength because of Thine enemies, that Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
The meaning of that prophecy is clearly established in Hebrews 2, where Jesus, the Son of Man, is seen in His complete domionion over the earth. The enemy will be silenced by perfect praise.
What a day that will be!