April 13, 2020
Read Matt 21:1-12
Jesus and his disciples are travelling to Jerusalem to celebrate the annual feast known as the Passover. Jesus has just healed two blind men in Jericho and has also led Zacchaeus to salvation. Now, Jesus is making his final journey to Jerusalem. The purpose for which Jesus came into this world, would be fulfilled within the next seven days. As the multitudes flocked into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, little did the they know that they were accompanying the Passover lamb. The Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world.
Please read the following accounts: Matt. 21:1-12; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 1928-40; John 12:12-15
1. After reading these four accounts, please note what is similar in all the accounts.
2. Please note what is repeated in only some of the accounts. (In 3 out of 4, or 2 out of four)
3. What is unique in each account? And why do you think the author focused on this unique aspect?
4. In the Mathew account (21:1-7), what is the rational for the instructions Jesus gives to the disciples? How do the disciples respond? Who is in control of these events? How does this give you comfort during uncertain days?
5. Matthew 21:5 is a combined OT quote from Isa. 62:11 and Zechariah 9:9. Most of the quote is from the Zechariah text. What part of the Zechariah text is missing from Mathews quote? Why do you think Matthew didn’t use the missing phrase? What is the significance of Jesus riding on a donkey? (1 Kings 1:33-44)
Please read Matthew 21:8-9 6. What is the response of the crowd? How does Psalm 118:25-26 fit with how the crowd responds? What is the meaning of the word Hosanna? Is there any significance in the crowd laying down palm branches? How significant is it that that crowd address Jesus as the Son of David? What do you think the crowd were seeking?
Please read Matthew 21:10-11 7. How does the city respond toward this triumphal entry of Jesus? How does the crowd respond just 4 days later? (Matt. 27:15-23)
8. (Extra q if time) How could you use this story to present the gospel to an unbelieving friend or family member, to someone who doubts the truth of the biblical story?