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11.1 The Triumphal Entry

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them,
"Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you,
‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘
The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’ "
4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them,
"What are you doing, untying the colt?"
6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting,
"Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!"

11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Zechariah chapter 9 (circa 520 BC) (In this chapter Zechariah, in Jerusalem, looks into the far distance and sees the LORD, the Messiah, entering Jerusalem in peace and to bring peace - not only bringing peace betweem Ephraim and Judah (capital city Jerusalem) but also to all nations.)   9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10  I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Psalm 118 (compiled many centuries before Jesus came) (This Psalm was sung in families and in congregations especially at Passover but also at other feasts of Israel. It would have been sung on many occasions (by all the people) during the last week of Jesus' life in Jerusalem.)   25 Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! 26  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord.  

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