What Did Jesus Do? 12

Matthew 21

For each passage we'll note who Jesus encountered, whether he initiated the contact, what type of interaction he had with them, whether He took direct action to meet human needs (see Matthew 25:35-36 for examples), whether His "do-ing" was miraculous, and any commands He gave.

Passage Persons Initiate?TypeDirect?Miraculous?Commands
Matthew 21:1-7
Mark 11:1-7, Luke 19:29-35, John 12:14-15
Two disciples Y InstructionN N bring donkeys
Matthew 21:8-11
Mark 11:8-10, Luke 19:36-38, John 12:12-13
Crowds N Adoration?N N none
Matthew 21:12-13
Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46
Temple merchants N RebukeN N none
Matthew 21:14
Blind and lame N HealingY Y none
Matthew 21:15-17
Mark 11:18-19 Luke 19:47-48
Chief priests and scribesN TeachingN N none
Matthew 21:18-22
Mark 11:20-26
Disciples N TeachingN Y none
Matthew 21:23-46
Mark 11:27-12:12, Luke 20:1-18
Chief priests and eldersN TeachingN N none

Why did Jesus ride a donkey into Jerusalem (this occasion is the only record of Him having ridden an animal)? Jesus has been to the temple many times, why does He throw a tantrum this time? What lesson should we learn from the fig tree? Jesus told His disciples "if you have faith and do not doubt... whatever you ask in prayer, if you believe, you will receive"; is it really that simple, that we've been given a signed blank check? Is it an indictment against us if we don't receive what we ask for? Why does Jesus give an evasive answer when asked about His authority? What indictment does Jesus bring against the chief priests and the Pharisees?


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