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Beast of Burden

Matthew 21:1–5 ESV
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ”
Jesus knew that these animals would be there.
It is a symbol of his humility.
Jesus didn’t come to us in anger.
John 3:16–17 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Triumphal Entry

Matthew 21:6–11 ESV
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Matthew 21:6-

Hosanna means “save us, we beseech you”

The crowd was greeting Jesus as the Messiah.
Son of David - it had been promised that the Messiah would be in the line of King David.

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Matthew 21:12–13 ESV
And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
Matthew 21:12-
The money-changers were ripping of the people. They were taking advantage of the sacrificial system.
This is not what sacrifices were meant to be about.
No one was meant to profit off of their religion.

Jesus Heals

Matthew 21:14–17 ESV
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “ ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.
Matthew 21:14-
Jesus restores the temple to it’s original intent.
The blind and lame would normally beg outside of the temple.
They would not be allowed in - they were unclean.
This ticked off the priests and scribes - they were making money and they had things set up exactly the way they wanted.
“Do you hear what these are saying?”
They wanted Jesus to silence the children because they were “blaspheming”
But Jesus confirms that He is the Messiah.
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