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The Final Week Before the Cross

June 7, 2012 by  
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Section 116 – Jesus Anointed in Bethany

      (Mt. 26:6-13; Mk. 14:3-9; Jn. 11:55-12:11)

4 Now the Jewish Passover was drawing near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem in order to ceremonially purify themselves. They were looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple area they asked each other, “What do you think? –surely He won’t come to the Feast, will He?” Now the chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where Jesus was, he should inform them so that they might arrest him.
4 Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. And there, 1 at the home of Simon the leper, 4 they made Him a supper, and Martha was serving –and Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.
Then Mary, taking 1 an alabaster vial of very costly perfume 4 –a half liter of pure essense of nard– 1 came to Him 2 while He was reclining at the table; 2 and she broke the vial and poured it over His head, 4 and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped off His feet with her hair. –And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
2 But some of 1 the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and 2 were remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted? 1 –because this perfume could have been sold for alot of money, and given to the poor.” 2 And they were scolding her. 4 And Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples (the one who was going to betray Him) said, “Why was this perfume not sold for Ca year’s wages, and given to the poor?” –Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief and had the money bag, and he used to steal what was put into it.
1 But Jesus, aware of all this, said to them, 2 “Leave her alone. 1 Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me, 4 so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. –For you will always have the poor among you, 2 and you can do good to them whenever you wish –but you will not always have Me. She has done what she could 1 –for when she poured this perfume on My body, 2 she has anointed My body beforehand 1 to prepare Me for burial. I tell you the truth: Wherever the gospel is preached throughout the whole world, 1 also what this woman has done will be told in memory of her.”
4 Then the large crowd of Jews found out that He was there; and they came –not only because of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus.


Section 117 – The Triumphal Entry of Messiah

      (Mt.21:1-11; Mk.11:1-11; Lk.19:29-44: Jn.12:12-19)

3 And it so happened 4 the next day, 1 when they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, 3at the hill called 1 The Mount of Olives, that Jesus sent two 2 of his disciples, 1saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, 2 and just as you enter it 1 you will find a donkey tied –and a colt 2 tied 1 with her– 3 on which no one has ever ridden. 1 Untie them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything to you, 3 if anyone asks you, 2 ‘Why are you doing this?’ 3 you will say this: 1 ‘The Lord has need of them,’ …and he will send them 2 back here immediately.”
3 So those who were sent, departed 1 and did as Jesus had directed them. 2 They went and found 4 a young donkey, 3 just as he had told them, 2 tied near a door, outside in the street; and they untied it. 3 And as they were untying the colt, its owners 2 and some of those who were standing there, said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” And they answered them as Jesus had said: 3 “The Lord has need of it,” 2 and they let them go. 1 So they brought the donkey and the colt 2 to Jesus, 3 and throwing their 1 cloaks on them, 3 they put Jesus on the colt.

3 Now as he went along, people began to spread their cloaks on the road. And as he drew near to the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the powerful miracles they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” …”Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!”
2 And 4 the great crowd that had come for the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 1 cut branches from 4 the palm trees and went out to meet him, 1 and spread them on the road. And the crowds who went ahead of him, and those who followed, 4 kept shouting, “Hosanna!” …1″Hosanna to the Son of David” … 4 “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord –the King of Israel!” … 2 “Blessed is the coming Kingdom of our father David!” …”Hosanna in the highest!”
3 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” But he answered, saying, “I tell you, if they were silent, the stones would shout out!”
1 Now all this happened to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, saying,

D “Tell the daughter of Zion, 4 ‘Do not fear;
1 Look, your King comes to you,
humble, and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ “

4His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and had been done to him.
Now the crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued testifying. So it was for this reason also, that the multitude went out to meet him, because they heard he had done this miraculous sign.
3And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you, even you, had only known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will set up an embankment against you, and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will smash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and will not leave one stone upon another in you —because you did not recognize the time of your divine visitation.”
1 And as he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is Jesus, the Prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” 4 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see, this is getting us nowhere. Look; the whole world has gone after him!”
Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And after he had looked around at everything –since the hour was already late– he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Section 118 – Messiah Clears the Temple

      (Mt.21:12-19; Mk.11:12-19; Lk.19:45-46)

2 Now on the following day 1 –in the morning, 2 while leaving Bethany, 1 as He returned to the city– He became hungry. 2 And seeing in the distance 1 a lone fig tree 2 in leaf 1 by the roadside, He walked up to it 2 to see if perhaps He would find anything on it. But when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves –for it was not the season for figs. And answering, He said to it, 1 “Let there be no fruit that comes from you from now on! 2 May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” –and His disciples heard Him say it; –and instantly the fig tree began to dry up.
2 Then they came to Jerusalem; 1 and Jesus entered the temple of God 2 and He began to drive out 1 all 2 those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple; 1 and He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves; 2 and He would not permit anyone to haul equipment through the temple. Also, He began teaching, and said to them, “Is it not written: ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? –but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ” And the chief priests and law-teachers heard this, and began looking for a way to destroy Him –for they feared Him, because the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.
1 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the law-teachers saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant, and said to Him, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” —“Yes,” Jesus replied, “have you never read:
E ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”
And he left them, and 2 when evening came 1 He went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

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