1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
<b>On the southeastern slope of the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem.
(Zechariah 14:4) says that the Messiah will stand on the Mount of Olives.
This is the site where He will return in His Second Coming</b>
2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
<b>fulfills two prophecies from Isaiah and Zechariah (Isa 62:11, Zech 9:9).</b>
5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
<b>A reference to (Isa 62:11).</b>
6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
<b> Christ would show His authority, gentleness and humility as he rode into Zion (Jerusalem) on a donkey’s foal.
Kings and warriors road into battle on mighty horses, but the King full of peace rode on a donkey signifying humility, not a king of war. </b>
8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
<b>The phrase "Hosanna,", means Save Now, (Save Us, Psalms 118:25) </b>
10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
<b>They responded that Jesus was a prophet from Nazareth signifying that there was unbelief that He was the Messiah.
They had not realized who Jesus really was and His purpose for going to Jerusalem.</b>
12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
<b>The godlessness in the Temple, was not so much that money was changed, but that the priestly class was organising the business to improve their status </b>
13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
<b>A reference to (Is 56:7, Jer 7:11 </b>
14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
<b>Jesus now heals the blind and lame (Luke 4:18) The temple should be a house of prayer, where God goodness is manifest in power, giving sight to the spiritually blind, and feet to the lame (Ps 18:33).</b>
15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,
<b>The chief priests were indignant because of unbelief.
Had they known and accepted who Christ was, they would not have been put out by his healing ministry.
In effect they were angry with God, revealing the true nature of their hearts (Prov 18:2).</b>
16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
<b>(From Ps 8:2) The Pharisees were so opposed to Christ that they were offended by the praises of the children.
The fruit of Unbelief, envy and jealousy.
The witness of the children , did not come from being taught by parents, but was unplanned and spontaneous by divine inspiration.
The Word from the Psalm is saying “listen to the children, for they are telling the truth about Christ.”</b>
17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.
18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
<b>This is a picture of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that Adam and Eve ate from, it was all leaves and no fruit (none of the fruit they needed).
It appeared that it contained the very fruit that they were lacking/
But satan corrupted what God had spoken (Gen 2:16-17) when he said "You will not surely die, for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”(Gen 3:3-4), satan corrupted the fruit by sowing words of unbelief and deception.
The fruit that they ate of caused them to receive the corrupt word, the seed of deception and unbelief.
This is the seed of corrupt fruit (unbelief, not believing God John 16:8-11) that has been carried by mankind throughout all generations and is why God had said "do not eat of it."
Adam and eve had tried to hide their shame by sewing fig leaves together, symbolising corrupt fruit trying to hide corrupt fruit.
But the Lord replaced the covering with the sacrificed blood of an animal (Gen 3:21), symbolizing the coming blood of Christ which annihilating sin at the cross (Rom 6:6)Jesus spoke directly to this tree, as He did with satan in the desert (Luke 4:1-13) the tree which had no fruit symbolises the tree of unbelief which has no fruit, none of God in it (John 14:30).
This time the word given "never eat fruit" is given because now we have access to the word of Life, the tree of Life through Christ The gate (John 10:7 nlt) by the Holy Spirit.</b>
20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
<b>When Jesus spoke the word, "never eat the corrupt fruit, the tree dried up from the roots.
In Mark 4:13 the word, the seed of God when received into good ground (heart prepared with Holy Spirit understanding), withers doubt and unbelief (starves the corrupt word) replaced by good seed (hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop) and the seed produces 100 fold.</b>
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
<b>To the one who hears the word, accepts it with H/S understanding, casts out unbelief and produces a crop.
The same words of Life that dried up the tree with corrupt (no) fruit, is the same word of God that is able to cause a mountain to be cast into the sea (in God nothing shall be impossible (Luke 1:37)).</b>
22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
<b>With these conditions met and if it is contained in the word (will) of God you shall receive.</b>
23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
<b>Jesus’ continued to give the religious leaders of Israel opportunity to confront Him.
His authority was obviously supernatural, so they questioned whether His authority was from God or the devil.
Their motive was to challenge His authority and to undermine Him before the people. </b>
24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?
26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.
27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.
<b>Jesus did not answer them because they were already in unbelief</b>
28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
<b>They were entering the kingdom of God ahead of the very religious, because they knew they were sinners and were prepared to receive Christ.
Religious self-righteousness is fruit of deception and unbelief and assumes good deeds will save.
This kind of thinking makes us the shepherd of our own souls and lives.
But regardless of how good they may be, self-righteous people won't admit they are in need of The saviour.</b>
32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
<b>They killed the son. In the same way religion and religious thinking together with Roman authorities are about to kill Jesus, the son of God</b>
39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
<b>These religious leaders, under the control of Satan, rejected Jesus.
But God had already accomplished His plan of salvation.
God does not react to circumstances as they arise.
His plan of salvation had been determined before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4, 1 Pet 1:18-20).
God is not a control freak, manipulating people like puppets.
But His wisdom is so infinite (1Co 1:25) that He takes reverses whatever satan tries to do and fits the reverse into His plan (Ro 8:28 amp). This was what God did with the crucifixion of Jesus, and it was a marvelous plan, making an open show of satan (1 Cor 2:8).
(1 Cor 2:8) "Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory".
Confirms who crucified Christ, satan working through the sons of disobedience (Eph 2:2).</b>
43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
<b>Jesus had revealed that He was the stone spoken of by David (Ps 118:22). Jesus also speaks of himself in this verse. Those who come to Jesus (fall upon that stone) must be broken or of a contrite heart (Ps 34:18, 51:17; Is 57:15).
Those who refuse to humble themselves, will fall into the judgment that satan has received (John 16:11, Rev 20:10).</b>
45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
<b>They would have dealt with Jesus but they were afraid of the crowd.
Later they would say to Pilate, “Let Him be crucified!” (Mt 27:21-22). </b>