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Matthew 21:1 Triumphal Entry

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Triumphal Entry

After arriving in Jerusalem Jesus sent two disciples to go and bring Him a colt which was tied there. He rode the colt into Jerusalem. This is called the Triumphal Entry.

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Matthew 21:1-17

1. “Jesus is consciously making preparations to enter Jerusalem after the fashion of Zech 9:9, with echoes of Isa 62:11.” (Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. [Nashville: Broadman Press], 311)

2. “There were actually two animals involved, the mother and the colt (foal). Jesus sat on the colt with the mother walking beside.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 76)

3. “If anyone becomes suspicious of their behavior, their reply need mean nothing more that that the owner has asked them to bring him the animals.” (Blomberg, 311)

4. “Here Matthew added a parenthetical comment to show Jesus’ fulfillment of another messianic prophecy—this one from Zechariah 9:9 (about 500 B.C.).” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

5. “The ‘king’ will be the Messiah. But an unarmed, plainly clad civilian riding a donkey contrasts sharply with an armed soldier astride a war horse. This Messiah comes in humility, gentleness, and peace.” (Blomberg, 312)

Entry into Jerusalem

6. The disciples did what Jesus told them.

7. After they returned with the donkeys they placed “their cloaks on the animals.” (Blomberg, 312)

8. The “crowd paves the road with theirs, adding tree branches to their festive carpet.” (Blomberg, 312)

9. “He rides in as a King, and those who are with Him recognize Him as a King. It is their opportunity to accept Him or reject Him.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 111)

This is the Triumphal Entry.

“When Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on this little animal of peace, He was offering Himself as King. In spite of the fact that He was doing that, the prophet says that He was humble. That is very important to see.” (McGee, 111)

10. “The whole procession has a powerful impact on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, even though they are used to huge crowds of festival pilgrims.” (Blomberg, 313)

11. At least some in the crowd recognized Him.

Cleansing the Temple

12. “The temple was a den of thieves.” (Wiersbe, 76)

13. “When Jesus called the temple ‘my house,’ He was affirming that He is God. When He called it ‘my house of prayer,’ He was quoting Isaiah 56:7.” (Wiersbe, 76)

14. This verse “describes an appropriate ministry for God’s house, in striking contrast to the commercial system Christ has just condemned.” (Blomberg, 315)

15. The religious leaders did not like what Jesus did!

“It offers an example of Jesus’ genuinely human but sinless anger expressed in righteous indignation against the profaning of that which is holy.” (Blomberg, 316)

16. See Psalm 8:2

17. “Accommodations in Jerusalem were limited because of the influx of Passover pilgrims. Jesus had friends in Bethany (Mark 14:3; John 11:1) two miles east of Jerusalem (John 11:18), and he stayed with them that night.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

References

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004

 

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