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Lesson # Matt. 21:1
Study Material - Matt. 21:1
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1 And [kai] when [hote] they drew nigh [eggizo] unto [eis] Jerusalem [Hierosoluma] , and [kai] were come [erchomai] to [eis] Bethphage [Bethphage] , unto [pros] the mount [oros] of Olives [elaia] , then [tote] sent [apostello] Jesus [Iesous] two [duo] disciples [mathetes] , KJV-Interlinear
1 The Triumphal Entry. When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, NASU
There are two kinds of believers. Most unfortunately are fair weather believers. When things are going their way, then they are the most positive and most outgoing Christians around. Then there are the truly advanced believers. They remain tough in their Christian faith regardless of the circumstances of their life. They are not discouraged when times are tough or even overwhelmingly discouraging, but remain positive and faithful to God. And when times are richly prosperous, they remain humble and do not flaunt their prosperity, nor do they elevate themselves over others.
In chapter 21 and following, the spiritual adults, and the spiritual children will be separated. Those who are fair weather followers of Jesus will receive the shock of their life. They enter Jerusalem with certain expectations, but leave with terrible disappointment. Those who remain faithful to Christ (the very small minority of folks) know and understand the purpose of His entry into Jerusalem, and they see no reason for discouragement, but only confidence in the accomplishment of a promise made in the Garden, many millennia before.
'At her coronation in 1838, Queen Victoria of England wore a crown encrusted with giant rubies and sapphires surrounding a 309-carat diamond. Her scepter was capped with an even larger diamond, cut from the Star of Africa and weighing 516 1/2 carats.' Today we do not see many coronations of kings and queens.
But in times past, the coronation of a monarch involved the display of great splendor and pageantry. The king would be dressed in the most expensive robes and jewels. He would be driven through his capital city in an ornate carriage drawn by stately horses. Accompanying him would be his courtiers and foreign dignitaries, then religious leaders, followed by representative military units of the nation's finest fighting men. The coronation would ensue, the king would be presented with the scepter of power or participate in some ritual portraying the transfer of power and authority to him. The musicians would play, the choir's would sing, and there would be a great deal of ceremony in the entire event, all intended to highlight the glory, majesty, authority, power and honor of the high office.
People of Jesus day had read of or had heard of these magnificent ceremonies. A large crowd is following Jesus to Jerusalem. The place where He said he was going to be 'raised up.' Sometimes selective hearing gets the message a little messed up. But here they are, heading for the regional capital, with the man who can seemingly command all manner of nature and human afflictions. They could almost rightly conclude that they were going to witness the kicking of some Pharisee's and Roman *** (pride)!
But what was about to unfold would lack the pomp, the splendor, and the pageantry of a grand coronation.
People were, on the large part, going to be shocked by the events that were about to unfold. Their fair weather kingdom about to come into their hands was going to turn very dark and discouraging.
Some accounts state that ten years later (after the Cross), a census was held and that 260,000 lambs were slaughtered during the Passover of that year. Many sacrifices were made for up to ten people. It is reasonable to assume that the number of sacrifices during Jesus' last Passover was similar. There could have been perhaps 2,000,000 people in Jerusalem for the Passover. The sight and sounds of the crucifixion would have been widely known.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus visited Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in Bethany, Jn. 12:1, just prior to His triumphal entry. This would have been on the Thursday prior to Passover week with the six days prior to Passover being Friday - 1, Saturday - 2, Sunday - 3, Monday - 4, Tuesday - 5, Wednesday - 6. Passover beginning at dusk on Wednesday and continuing to dusk on Thursday. Further, the selection of the lamb was to be done on the 10th day of the month, or four days prior to the sacrificial day of Passover. The lamb was to be sacrificed on the 14th day of the month - the day of Passover. Sunday is the selection of the lamb as we stated - Palm Sunday, the day of the triumphal procession, the day on which Jesus was going to ride the donkey into the city. Monday being the eleventh, Tuesday being the 12th, Wednesday being the 13th, and Thursday (Passover day) being the fourteenth day of the month.
But the Crucifixion did not take place on the Holy Day of Passover. Correct. Jesus Christ will be crucified on the day prior to the Holy Day (Wednesday). Executions were not allowed during the Holy festivities. Then He will placed in the grave for the three days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), the days of Passover, then He will arise after the third day, triumphant.
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End Of Lesson
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