Matthew Chapter 21

The Triumphal Entry of the King into Jerusalem (Matthew Chapter 21)

Matt 21:1-3 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Yeshua (Jesus) sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the L-rd needs them, and he will send them right away."

Matt 21:4-5 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "Say to the Daughter of Tziyon, `See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'"

Rejoice with all you heart, daughter of Tziyon! Shout out loud, daughter of Yerushalayim! Look! Your king is coming to you. He is righteous, and He is victorious. Yet He is HUMBLE- He’s riding on a donkey, Yes, on a lowly donkey’s colt. (Zech. 9:9 v10 yet future)

See our study on Zechariah chapter 9.

Isaiah. 62:11 “Adonai has proclaimed to the end of he earth, Say to the daughter of Tziyon, Here, your Salvation is coming! Here, His reward is with Him, And His recompense is before Him.

Interestingly the donkey is a beast of burden. Yeshua had a burden to carry. How was He victorious? The world considered His death a defeat. Adonai considered His death a victory!! He died for me and for you. Great is the mercy of HaShem!

Why a young colt too? A future mission.

Rev 19:11-15 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of G-d. And the armies that were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He will rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty G-d.

This view of the Messiah coming to save the nation of Israel became the most popular view of the Messiah. This is what the Jewish people were looking for at the time Yeshua came because of the oppressive Roman rule they were experiencing. Interestingly this oppressive rule will return again. The view of a Messiah that will save the people is still popular today and will become more popular. The other biblical view taught by the sages, of the “suffering servant” was put on the back burner and totally forgotten through time. To be fair…it certainly would have seemed illogical for the Messiah to suffer and be rejected and then to be finally worshipped. Many views of the sages are the same views that we believers have today, including the Messiah coming in the clouds. (Also mentioned in Dan. 7:13) The sages also included the Messiah as eternal being who would be the Son of G-d, born of a virgin, a healer and miracle worker, and he would be of the line of David. Also remember not all believed in a resurrection and it would have been hard to see the Messiah coming twice and was probably not considered possible. With G-d all things are possible. Hindsight is 20/20. So if we think about the resurrected and the fact that He is eternal and will came back it makes perfect sense how this could happen to one person. However, since some of the Biblical views by the sages have been kind of “put on the back burner” the current popular belief by itself without knowledge of the suffering view has setup a perfect scenario for Israel the coming of the false Messiah or Anti-Messiah. (We already showed in the past how the belief of two separate Messiah’s is unbiblical by the pronouns used in the prophecies.)

Yeshua can only bring true peace. This is done initially by force because the world loves Him not and has rejected Him.

Saul killed his thousands, David killed his ten of thousands, Yeshua the Son of David will kill millions defending Israel. (Sh’mu’el Alef 18:7)

Neither does the ruler of this world love Him.

Yet HaSatan cannot be creative on his own, so he copies G-d. He will have a warrior “The Anti-Messiah” of his own that brings “peace” but will be a false peace and by it he will destroy many.

Matt 21:6-7 So the disciples went and did as Yeshua (Jesus) commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.

Matt 21:8-9 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and spread them on the road. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the L-rd; Hosanna in the highest.

The last eight chapters of Matthew correspond with D’varim (Deuteronomy). Eight is the number of new beginnings.

Yeshua offered Himself as King Messiah. This corresponds with the start of D’varim (Deuteronomy). Joshua also said the kingdom was available, and was rejected.

Joshua was expected to complete what that generation rejected. (D’varim (Deuteronomy) 1:38-39)

This corresponds to the generation at the time of Yeshua entering Jerusalem rejecting Him, but their children will enter the kingdom through Yeshua HaMashiach.

Matt 21:10-12 And when He came into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, this is Yeshua (Jesus) the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. And Yeshua (Jesus) went into the temple of G-d, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

Matt 21:13 And said to them, It is written, My house will be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.

Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted upon My altar; for My house will be called an house of prayer for all people.

In Mark 11:15-17 it says they made the temple a “den of thieves”. Some were taking advantage of the poor in the process of exchanging their money for their offerings to G-d. They were what you would call a middleman charging an expensive exchange rate. The moneychangers were jacking up the price and pocketing the difference. They were cheating the people who came to the temple. This is why Yeshua was angry. The Bible does not say that He actually hit anyone with the whip. He may have just cracked the whip.

Some believe that Yeshua sinned by getting angry.

Ephesians 4:26 Be angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.

There is such a thing as righteous anger. Especially, since He was G-d. G-d would be angry about some taking advantage of others especially when they where doing this for Him. Again, this kind of authority helps us know who He was and is and always will be.

Matt 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple; and He healed them.

He is all-powerful. (Omnipotent) Many times He healed people and when these writings came out no one at the time denied that they happened. That is because they are true and they could not be legitimately denied.

The twenty-first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is Shin - Divine power; provision; protection.

Matt 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were very displeased,

Matt 21:16 And said to Him, Do you hear what these say? And (Yeshua) Jesus said to them, Yes; have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise?

Tehillim (Psalms) 8:2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

Matt 21:17-19 And He left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and He lodged there. Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." And immediately the fig tree withered away.

Again at the very least this illustrates Yeshua had special powers over nature. Has not G-d on at least one occasion destroyed the environment, like maybe the flood? The tree was not performing it's duty like it should. The fig tree is always symbolic of Israel. Israel would not perform and tell others about His return and the good news about the Messiah. We are to tell others about Him so others can come to know Him personally. Not keep this news from others.

Matt 21:20-21 And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither away so soon?" Yeshua (Jesus) answered and said to them, Truly I say to you, If you have faith, and doubt not, you will not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if you will say to this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; it will be done.

Adonai requires us to have faith or trust in the Messiah and His word. He spoke the word of the Father. Many lacked trust and were unfaithful. This includes many Gentiles today. There were many who were unfaithful/untrusting in the past in the word and truth, there are many who are unfaithful at the time of Yeshua, and many unfaithful/untrusting in the word and truth today and who do not want to listen. (Deut. 9:23; Deut. 32:15-20; 1 Peter 2:8)

There is legitimate enough proof for B’rit Hadashah but HaShem wants you to ask in prayer if you have doubts and He wants you to have faith and trust the message. If you believe He will give you wisdom and help you believe.

Matt 21:22 And all things, whatsoever you will ask in prayer, believing/trusting, you will receive.

Of course it should be according to the will of Adonai.