Talks for Growing Christians
The Triumphal Entry; The Second Cleansing of the Temple
Lesson Number 51
- The Lord’s Triumphal Entry was based on Old Testament Scriptures.
- The Lord’s cleansing of the Temple was based on Old Testament Scriptures.
- Don’t miss the lesson of the stones.
- Trace the Lord’s travels on His final trip to Jerusalem. (Follow His path on a biblical map, if possible)
- How does Zechariah 9:9 relate to this passage?
- List two additional Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in the Triumphal Entry.
- What event was the Lord predicting in verses 43-44?
- What prompted the Lord’s cleansing of the Temple?
- The Lord had crossed the Jordan River after His final ministry in Perea, and was traveling on the old Roman road going up from Jericho to Jerusalem. At Jericho He healed the blind men and brought salvation to Zacchaeus. The Lord and the crowd accompanying Him were approaching Jerusalem from the east. They would go through Bethany and Bethphage, over the crest of the Mount of Olives, down into the Kidron Valley where the Garden of Gethsemane was located, and finally up through the East Gate into Jerusalem and the Temple area.
- This Messianic prophecy, written more than 500 years before the event, foretold that the Messiah would ride into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey.
- Psalm 118:26 and Daniel 9
- The fall of Jerusalem to the Romans in 70 AD
- Some people were using the Temple courts for commercial purposes – not only exchanging money for special temple currency to buy sacrifices, but also ripping off the people in the process.
- Discuss the lesson of the stones in verse 40. The events of the week surrounding Jesus’ death are the focal point of human history. Yet the hearts of the Pharisees were harder than the stones. Discuss the people today who are so against the Lord that even if the stones were to cry out in praise, they would refuse to join in. How should we respond to these kind of people?
- Learning a little bit about biblical geography will help the events of the Bible come alive. Get a good bible map or go online to see some photos of the Holy Land as you read through Scripture.
- “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:40
- “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’” Luke 19:46