Bible Study: Matthew 21:1-9


Bible Study – Matthew 21:1-9

What is the event in verses two and three? Do you believe it was supernatural or was it pre-arranged? Does it matter? Zech. 9:9, 2 Samuel 18:9.

In the other accounts of this event, only one donkey is mentioned Mark 11:2-7, Luke 19:30-35, John 12: 12-15. Is this a contradiction? Is it a contradiction of the Zechariah verse?

Was this a humble entry into Jerusalem for Jesus?

In other versions of this story the religious leaders protested this event. Why?

Will we see Jesus ride into Jerusalem again? If so, on what? How is this second entry different? Revelation 19:11-13

What message might Jesus have been trying to communicate by entering on a donkey and not on a white horse?

Why was the triumphal entry of Jesus significant?

What kind of king were the people looking for and how was Christ different?

How would things be different for everyone in the world if the leaders at that time had chosen to honor Him and declare Him King?

How is Christ’s kingdom different than Herod’s?

What does the last “them” stand for in verse 7?

What was the reason they “spread their cloaks on the road?” 2Kings 9:13

In ancient times, palm branches symbolized goodness and victory. They were often depicted on coins and important buildings. Solomon had palm branches carved into the walls and doors of the temple (1 Kings 6:29). Again at the end of the Bible, people from every nation raise palm branches to honor Jesus (Revelation 7:9).

Some questions as you prepare for Holy Week:

Has Holy Week lost some of its power for modern day Christians?  If so, why? What might Holy Week have to teach you about your relationships with family and friends?

The term “Passion” Sunday comes from a Latin word that means “to suffer.” What do you believe Jesus was most passionate about?  How did he demonstrate this deepest passion? How do you?

(Note:  Bible Study materials are gathered from various resources, i.e.

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