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if i make my bed in hell

behold, thou art there

day 942, matthew 21
tb | jesus loved me this i know
dreamhugs wrote in jesusfeels
- A humble king, mounted on a donkey. <3 It's just the most perfect thing for Jesus, citizen of Nazareth, poor and a minority in an invaded and oppressed nation. God comes in humble form, and later that humility becomes triumphal and changes the world to justice.

- Someone may have said about the triumphal/king-like nature of this entrance, how it would have concerned the Romans that someone was setting themselves up against the king.

- He has authority here, authority to drive out, authority over the Temple. (This is opinion, not based on historical knowledge/etc.) He transforms and overturns oppressive systems, not politely and with consideration for the oppressors' feelings, but with passion and righteous anger.

- A king, a messiah, a fulfilment of prophecies.

- I don't know if the fig tree is problematic, because it's the only recorded instance of Jesus using miracles to destroy (afaik). Apparently (and this is third-hand), fig trees should produce fruit before leaves, meaning the fig tree did have something wrong with it, but I don't know if there's anything else that would mitigate the incident. Jesus showing the disciples the power he had may have been the point? In context with the driving out of the moneychangers, Jesus saying he could use power to change what was wrong may have been the point? If the fig tree is standing in for the corrupt system, which he will destroy?

- I don't know if the part where he tricks the elders is more trickster-y and standing up against the powerful than I'm currently aware of.

- And he turns it into a story about John - possibly because of his anger that they were linked to his death? And possibly to defend the tax collectors and sex workers, because...Jesus using them to make a point/represent all that is wrong does not seem to fit his character? If he were using them to represent that to the elders but didn't believe it himself it may work, but I don't know if that would mean he was also defending them/showing the elders that they, too, were worthy (indeed, more so).