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Triumphal Entry (or Anointing at Bethany)
Lord's Supper, Prayer in Gethsemane
Mark 11:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9 Commentary
by C. Clifton Black
Familiarity breeds complacency: the challenge facing the preacher this Sunday.
If we read Mark carefully, the evangelist himself restores to these texts a sense of mystery and surprise.
Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem (Mark 11:1-11) seems straightforward, but the evangelist implants some twists. The significance of securing “a colt that has never been ridden” (11:2) is obscure. A young donkey suggests a humble king’s conveyance (Zechariah 9:9); its never having been ridden is reminiscent of unyoked beasts consecrated for God (Numbers 19:2). Congruent with Samuel’s commission for a pair of asses to confirm Saul’s anointing as “ruler over his people Israel” (1 Samuel 10:1-8), Mark 11:2-4 suggests an acknowledgment of Jesus’ authority and prophetic prescience. In verses 3-6 all unfolds as Jesus predicted. When Israel’s hidden Messiah enters the royal city, he does so in a manner no one would expect unless they were tuned into a particular scriptural frequency. Apart from that, a simple act is clothed in secrecy. ...
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NL217: Triumphal Entry (or Anointing at Bethany)
March 20, 2016
This podcast discusses Mark 11:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9, the Narrative Lectionary readings for Mar. 20, 2016.