Matthew 21

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"Everyone knew that a king was born. Prophets knew it, Herod knew it. Magi, angels, and shepherds knew it. [1] At Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, thousands of people hailed Him as the highest son of David, the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed, the righteous King." The kingdom of God was at hand.
Jesus is fulfilling the prophecy as King in Jerusalem and highest son of David.
What was this whip? Who were the moneychangers? Was this an act of violence or was Jesus just doing his job as the rightful king of Judea?
Was he tipping over tables lie we see in the movies or was he firing the porters of the temple and turning the treasury of that government back to the people?
Who was John the Baptist? What was his baptism about?
Jesus was clearly the king of the kingdom of God even though that kingdom was not of the world of Pontius Pilate and Rome. He was warning the people in power that if they came against him that they would be destroyed.
The kingdom of God was at hand and in verse 43 Jesus announces he will take the actual seat of that peculiar form of government away from the Pharisees and give[2], "to appoint to an office", it to those who will bear fruit.
He will later say in Luke 12:32 that he will give that kingdom to His little flock as "something to be administered".[2]
By Luke 22:29 Jesus will appoint[3] that "kingdom" like His Father hath appointed unto Him.
This kingdom of God was not to be like the kingdoms or governments of the world because they were barred from exercising authority one over the other.
They would have their own daily ministration through Pure Religion unspotted by that world and their leaders who call themselves benefactors but use force instead of charity.
They were to feed His sheep but not through the Corban of the Pharisees nor with the free bread of the fathers of the earth nor those false benefactors of the world.
Thousands of Jews accepted Jesus as their king and the apostles as their servant leaders when they received the Baptism of Christ at Pentecost.
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[1] And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, [2] Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. [3] And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. [4] All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, [5] Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. [6] And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, [7] And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. [8] And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. [9] And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. [10] And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? [11] And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

[12] And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, [13] And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. [14] And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. [15] And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, [16] And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? [17] And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

[18] Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. [19] And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. [20] And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! [21] Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. [22] And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

[23] And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? [24] And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. [25] The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? [26] But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. [27] And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

[28] But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. [29] He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. [30] And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. [31] Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. [32] For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

[33] Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: [34] And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. [35] And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. [36] Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. [37] But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. [38] But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. [39] And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. [40] When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? [41] They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. [42] Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? [43] Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. [44] And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. [45] And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. [46] But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

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  1. Matthew 2:2 “Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (also Luke 2:8, 15)
  2. 2.0 2.1 1325 ~δίδωμι~ didomi \@did’-o-mee\@ a prolonged form of a primary verb (which is used as an alternate in most of the tenses); TDNT-2:166,166; {See TDNT 191} v AV-give 365, grant 10, put 5, show 4, deliver 2, make 2, misc 25; 413
    1) to give
    2) to give something to someone
    2a) of one’s own accord to give one something, to his advantage
    2a1) to bestow a gift
    2b) to grant, give to one asking, let have
    2c) to supply, furnish, necessary things
    2d) to give over, deliver
    2d1) to reach out, extend, present
    2d2) of a writing
    2d3) to give over to one’s care, intrust, commit
    2d3a) something to be administered
    2d3b) to give or commit to some one something to be religiously observed
    2e) to give what is due or obligatory, to pay: wages or reward
    2f) to furnish, endue
    3) to give
    3a) to cause, profuse, give forth from one’s self
    3a1) to give, hand out lots
    3b) to appoint to an office
    3c) to cause to come forth, i.e. as the sea, death and Hell are said to give up the dead who have been engulfed or received by them
    3d) to give one to someone as his own
    3d1) as an object of his saving care
    3d2) to give one to someone, to follow him as a leader and master
    3d3) to give one to someone to care for his interests
    3d4) to give one to someone to whom he already belonged, to return
    4) to grant or permit one
    4a) to commission
    For Synonyms see entry 5836 See also 3860 "to give into the hands (of another)", 3862 ordinances "the surrender of cities"
  3. 1303 ~διατίθεμαι~ diatithemai \@dee-at-ith’-em-ahee\@ middle voice from 1223 and 5087; TDNT-2:104,157; {See TDNT 189} v AV-make 3, testator 2, appoint 2; 7
    1) to arrange, dispose of, one’s own affairs
    1a) of something that belongs to one
    1b) to dispose of by will, make a testament
    2) to make a covenant, enter into a covenant, with one