“Hypothesis”

By Rev. Dr. Thom Bower, Ed. D. on April 14, 2019

Scripture Readings:

Luke 19:28-40 

Jesus went ahead with the ascent to Jerusalem. Approaching Bethphage and Bethany, near what is called the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of the disciples with these instructions: “Go into the village ahead of you. Upon entering it, you’ll find a tethered colt that no one has yet ridden. Untie it and lead it back. If anyone should ask you, ‘Why are you untying it?” say, ‘The Rabbi needs it.’” They departed on their errand and found things just as Jesus had said. As they untied the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you doing that?” They explained that the Rabbi needed it. Then the disciples led the animal to Jesus and, laying their cloaks on it, helped him mount. People spread their cloaks on the roadway as Jesus rode along. As they reached the descent from the Mount of Olives, the entire crowd of disciples joined them and began to rejoice and praise God loudly for the display of power they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the One who comes in the name of Our God! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” Jesus replied, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the very stones would cry out!”

Luke 19:45-48; 20:45-47

When Jesus entered the temple,

he threw out those who were selling things there.

He said to them,

“It’s written,

My house will be a house of prayer,

but you have made it a hideout for crooks.”

Jesus was teaching daily in the temple.

The chief priests,

the legal experts,

and the foremost leaders among the

people were seeking to kill him.

However, they couldn’t find a way to do it

because all the people were enthralled with what they heard. …

In the presence of all the people,

Jesus said to his disciples,

 “Watch out for the legal experts.

They like to walk around in long robes.

They love being greeted with honor in the

markets.

They long for the places of honor in the

synagogues and at banquets.

They are the ones who cheat widows out of their homes, and to show off they say long prayers.

They will be judged most harshly

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