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The irony of Christ's reception by the same crowd that woudl later demand his crucifixtion is instructive to us that we should not base our obedience on the reception of those who surround us but the surety of God's Call.

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Matthew 10:24 NASB95
“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.
Matthew 21:1–11 NASB95
When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. “If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold your King is coming to you, Gentle, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ” The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Observation #1 - The Setup - vs. 1-7

Jesus and His disciples were approaching Jerusalem from Jericho which is to the northeast of Jerusalem.
Bethphage was near Bethany, about two miles east of Jerusalem on or near the slopes of the Mount of Olives.
There the disciples were advised that they would find a donkey and a colt tied up awaiting their use.
The disciples gathered them for the Lord’s need of them and laid their coats across their backs for Jesus to sit upon.
They must have been quite the spectacle arriving into Jerusalem, most likely through the Water gate on the southeast corner of town which entered into the portion of Jerusalem known as the “City of David”.

Observation #2 - The Crowd’s Reaction - vs. 8

The word “stirred” in verse 10, is used two other times to describe an earthquake in and an apocalyptic upheaval in
They placed the coats and palm branches on the ground along the path of Jesus’ entry signifying their celebration of His arrival. It was the “red carpet treatment” of their time.
The New American Commentary: Matthew 1. True Discipleship versus Harsher Condemnation for the Jewish Leaders (19:1–22:46)

The whole picture conveys celebration and honor, reminiscent of the victory parades with which triumphant kings and generals in Old Testament and intertestamental times were welcomed

The whole picture conveys celebration and honor, reminiscent of the victory parades with which triumphant kings and generals in Old Testament and intertestamental times were welcomed. See 2 Kings 9:13.

Observation #3 - The Crowd’s Song - vs. 9

“Son of David” - Signifying his Messianic qualifications as the successor to David’s throne.

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” -

Psalm 118:26 NASB95
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord; We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.
Psalm 118:26

“Hosanna” - Originally meant “God save us” but by the first century was likely just a cry of praise to Yahweh.

It appeared for a moment that they may have finally understood.

Observation #4 - The Crowd’s Answer - vs. 12

In spite of their song and action, they still only saw Him as a prophet.
A few days later, many of these same people would likely be in the crowd and they were asked about Jesus again.
This time their answer was far more cynical.
Matthew 27:22 NASB95
Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Crucify Him!”
Matthew 27:22
Why is this passage in the scriptures. Obviously it shows Jesus’ fulfilment of .
In light of theme verse of , what can we takeaway from this passage to remind us of how to live as his disciple?

Takeaway #1 - People are Fickle

Takeaway #2 - Don’t let others Define You

Takeaway #3- How will you respond before Jesus?

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