Mark 11:1-11

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Our Lord's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Mark 11:1-11

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Lesson Number 46

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God made a legitimate offer of the Davidic Kingdom to the Jews.
  2. Profession is not the same as salvation.

Practical Application

  1. Are you willing to let the Lord borrow your stuff?
  2. Be careful how you use the phrase, "The Lord has need of it."


  1. What is meant by "Passion Week?"
  2. Who prophesied that Jesus would come into Jerusalem riding on a donkey?
  3. What is significant about the village of Bethany in this passage?
  4. What is significant about the village of Bethpage?
  5. How did the crowd receive the Lord when He came to Jerusalem?
  6. What does "Hosanna" mean? What did the crowd have in mind when they cried "Hosanna?"
  7. God made a legitimate offer of the Davidic Kingdom to the Jewish people. What was it? What did the people do about this offer?
  8. Because of their response, what does this mean concerning the Davidic Kingdom?


  1. It is the last week of the Lord's earthly ministry. The triumphal entry of our Lord into Jerusalem is the event we celebrate as Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter.
  2. The prophet Zechariah. See Zechariah 9:9.
  3. It is where the Lord started from. It was a little village about two miles east of Jerusalem. This is where He stayed for the first few nights of His last week of ministry, possibly in the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus.
  4. Jesus sent two of His disciples ahead to the village of Bethpage, where they were instructed to find a donkey.
  5. They welcomed Him into Jerusalem, spreading palms, leafy branches and clothing on the road before Him. They rolled out the red carpet.
  6. "Save, we pray." It is taken from Psalm 118:25-26, which was typically sung or chanted during the Passover Week. "Save" was cried in the sense of "Hail to the King," or "God save the King." Most likely, the crowd had in mind, "Save us from our Roman oppressors," for they knew that God had promised an everlasting kingdom to David through the Messiah.
  7. Read 2 Samuel 7:16. In Mark 11:10, the people probably understood that Jesus, as a son of David, was a fulfillment of this prophecy. However, they rejected the King and His kingdom. The nation of Israel refused to accept Jesus as their Messiah.
  8. Because of their rejection, the kingdom was not set up then. The earthly kingdom will be set up when Christ comes back again. The time has been set when the nation of Israel returns to the Lord.


  1. Explain the distinction between true possessors and false professors
  2. In which parable did Jesus make this distinction? See Matthew 13.


  1. Are you willing to let the Lord borrow your "stuff?" In what ways have you done this?

Key Verses

  • "The Lord has need of it." (Mark 11:3)

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