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Jesus is leading his followers right up to Jerusalem. It's been a long trip since Chapter 9.
He arrives at Bethphage and Bethany on the city's outskirts at a place called Mount of Olives.
He orders two of his disciples to enter the village. There they'll find a colt tied up on which no one's ever sat before. If someone asks them what they're doing, they're simply to respond, "The Lord needs it" (19:34). Yep, God needs a horse.
Sure enough, everything goes down exactly how Jesus said, and Jesus gets on the colt.
Everyone's strewing their shirts before him while he travels along the road.
As he gets close to the bottom of the Mount of Olives, a huge group of disciples is celebrating. They've seen so many miracles!
Now they're calling Jesus "king." That's one serious claim.
In words that are familiar to attentive ears, they're hoping for "Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!" (19:38). Take a look all the way back to 2:14 for a refresher.
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd urge Jesus to silence his disciples. They're going too far. He's going to get into trouble. But Jesus refuses.
As soon as he sees the city, Jesus breaks into tears. Armies are destined to besiege her; they'll destroy her and her children within, and no stone will be left standing on stone.
History buffs, take note. This is a reference to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans at the end of the Jewish War in 70 CE.
Why is this going to happen? Because Jerusalem will not recognize God's visitation.
Jesus enters the precinct of the temple in Jerusalem and drives out the merchants who've set up shop there.
As justification for his actions, Jesus cites Isaiah 56:7, which states that God's house is a "house of prayer," and Jeremiah 7:11, which condemns those who treat it as a "den of robbers" (19:46).
Jesus starts to teach each day in the precinct of the temple. But the chief priests, scribes, and leaders of the people want to bring him down.
One little problem: he's a huge major crowd-pleaser. How will they defeat him?