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B.W. Johnson Commentary on Mark 11:1-11

From The People's New Testament, B.W. Johnson, 1891

The Royal Entrance into Jerusalem.

SUMMARY.--The Official Entrance into Jerusalem. The Barren Fig Tree Cursed. The Second Cleansing of the Temple. The Indignation of the Jewish Rulers. The Power of Faith. The Demand of the Rulers for His Authority. Their Mouths Closed by a Question Concerning the Baptism of John.

1-10. When they came nigh to Jerusalem. On the Sunday before the Lord's suffering. He had [199] passed the Sabbath at Bethany. We have four accounts of this entry into Jerusalem: here; Matt. 21:1-11; Luke 19:21-44; John 12:12-19. For notes, see Matt. 21:1-11.

11. He went out to Bethany with the twelve. After entering the city and temple and observing the condition of things within the sacred building he retired to Bethany for the night. As far as we know he passed all his nights of the last week of his earthly life at Bethany, save Thursday, perhaps to avoid the rulers in the hours of rest and to have an opportunity for private conference with his disciples, which he could not have in crowded Jerusalem. Besides, he had loving friends at Bethany, who delighted to have him under their roof.

12-14. And on the morrow, when they were come out from Bethany, he hungered. etc. See notes on Matt. 21:17-22.

15-19. Jesus went into the temple. For notes on this cleansing of the temple see Matt. 21:12, 13. Compare Luke 19:45-48. [200]

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