Is This Political? — Luke 19.28-40

When Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.'”

Those who were sent away went and found it as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their garments on the colt they sat Jesus upon it. And as he rode along, they spread their garments on the road.

As he was now drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice  and praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest!”

And some of the Pharisees in the multitude said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”

He replied, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

2 responses

  1. There seems little to comment on here. If this man didn’t know he was the anointed King of Israel, riding into Jerusalem as in Zechariah 9:9, he’d have to ‘rebuke his disciples.’

    I think I know where, when and how that anointing took place, but whether I’m right about that doesn’t matter much. The fact itself is out in the open here.

    But is it possible to be a ‘king’, while doing unto others as you would have them do unto you?

    I propose to go on, and see how he goes about this…

  2. From the Babylonian Talmud:

    R. Alexandri said: R. Joshua b. Levi pointed out a contradiction. it is written, in its time [will the Messiah come], whilst it is also written, I [the Lord] will hasten it!33 — if they are worthy, I will hasten it: if not, [he will come] at the due time. R. Alexandri said: R. Joshua opposed two verses: it is written, And behold, one like the son of man came with the clouds of heaven34 whilst [elsewhere] it is written, [behold, thy king cometh unto thee … ] lowly, and riding upon an ass!35 — if they are meritorious, [he will come]
    with the clouds of heaven;36 if not, lowly and riding upon an ass. King Shapur [I] said to Samuel, ‘Ye maintain that the Messiah will come upon an ass: I will rather send him a white horse of mine.’37 He replied, ‘Have you a hundred-hued steed?’38

    What is this “worthy”?

    My mother said I asked her when I could try coffee. She said, “When you are big enough.”

    She says I stood on tip-toe and asked, “Am I big enough now?”

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