Tag Archive: Matthew 21

Final Week — Tuesday Morning

“Tuesday comes as a day of great confrontation with the religious leaders assembled in Jerusalem.  By way of parables, Jesus points out that the leaders’ predecessors have always rejected God’s messengers and that now they themselves are rejecting even the Son of God.  This obviously angers the Pharisees, and they attempt to trap Jesus into making some statement by which they can have him arrested.

The Pharisees are then joined in their questioning by the Sadducees.  Although the Sadducees often clash politically and religiously with the Pharisees, the Sadducees are equally threatened by Jesus’ teaching.  So they are willing to join with the Pharisees to rid themselves of this Galilean troublemaker.

When a Pharisee questions Jesus concerning the greatest commandment, he delivers a response that goes to the heart of his message and ministry.  Observing a widow contributing all that she has — although it was only two small goings — Jesus points to her as an example of true spirituality.”

Read:  Matthew 21:20-46, Mark 11:20-33, Luke 20, Mark 12, Matthew 22, Matthew 23, Luke 21:1-4

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Triumphant Entry — Sunday

“The Festival of the Passover is near, and the time has come for Jesus to be delivered up.  No Jewish festival is more important to the Jewish people, and no festival could be more appropriate for the culmination of Jesus’ life and ministry.  On the Passover, the paschal lamb is slain, just as it was at the beginning of the exodus, at which time its blood was sprinkled over the doors of the Israelites.  As the perfect lamb of God, Jesus himself is about to be slain for the salvation of all who would recognize and accept the power in his blood.

Even as Jesus approaches Jerusalem, his enemies are plotting his death.  But the suffering will not come until Jesus has entered the city in triumph.  Riding on a lowly colt, Jesus is met by multitudes who shout praise to God for having sent this ‘great prophet’ in whom they now believe.  Jesus knows, however, that most of them still do not understand the true nature of his messiahship and deity, and that there are many more who still do not believe in him at all.”

Read:  John 12:12-19, Matthew 21:1-11;17, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-44

Final Week — Monday

“On the next day, Jesus’ popularity is still at a high peak, and children sing his praises as if to thank him for his continual remembrance of them.  In a contrasting mood of the day, an incident almost identical to one recorded by John at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry is recorded — that is, the throwing out of the temple merchants.  It may just be that Jesus is taking this last opportunity to purify the temple.

Jesus now speaks freely of his pending crucifixion and makes a special effort to explain its purpose.  There are many who still disbelieve, but even their disbelief is the fulfillment of prophecy.”

Read:  Matthew 21:12-19, Mark 11:12-16;18-19, Luke 19:45-48, John 12:20-36

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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