After Yeshua showed the people that He was the resurrection through the raising of Lazarus, many believed in Him. The next day Yeshua entered into Jerusalem on a donkey and many greeted Him as King. Let us see what happened.
Joh 1212 On the next day a great crowd who had come to the festival, when they heard that יהושע was coming to Yerushalayim,13 took the branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and were crying out, “Hoshia-na!
This would be the next day after Lazarus was raised which would make this the 9th day of the First month.
14 And יהושע, having found a young donkey, sat on it, as it has been written:15 “Do not fear, daughter of Tsiyon, see, your Sovereign is coming, sitting on the colt of a donkey.”16 At first His taught ones did not understand this. But when יהושע was esteemed, then they remembered that this was written about Him and that they had done this to Him.17 Therefore the crowd, who were with Him when He called El‛azar out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, were bearing witness.18 On account of this the crowd also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.19 The Pharisees then said among themselves, “You see how you are getting nowhere at all. Look, the world has gone after Him!”
In verse 16 we see that the disciples only realized after the death and resurrection of Yeshua what the full meaning of this event was about.
Let us look at another account.
1 And when they came near to Yerushalayim, and came to Bĕyth Phaḡi, at the Mount of Olives, then יהושע sent two taught ones,2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and straightaway you shall find a donkey tied, and a colt with her, loosen them, and bring them to Me.3 And if anyone says whatever to you, you shall say, ‘The Master needs them,’ and immediately he shall send them.4 And all this took place that it might be filled what was spoken by the prophet, saying,5 “Say to the daughter of Tsiyon, ‘See, your Sovereign is coming to you, meek, and sitting on a donkey, even a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
All this happened to fulfill Zech 9:9. In verse 2 we notice something very interesting. Yeshua sent them not only to fetch a donkey but also a colt of a donkey. Yeshua was riding on the colt of a donkey and He took the mother donkey with. Yeshua needed to ride on a donkey which was never used before.
6 And the taught ones went, and having done as יהושע ordered them,7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their garments on them, and He sat on them.8 And most of the crowd spread their garments on the way, while others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the way.9 And the crowds who went before and those who followed cried out, saying, “Hoshia-na to the Son of Dawiḏ! Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of יהוה! Hoshia-na in the highest!”Psa. 118:2610 And as He entered into Yerushalayim, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?”11 And the crowds said, “This is יהושע, the prophet from Natsareth of Galil.”
The people were actually proclaiming Yeshua as King. Let us look closer to what the people were singing during this time. Wonder how many realized what they were singing. Take note that the “right hand” as mentioned here refers to Yeshua.
Ps 11814 Yah is my strength and song, And He has become my deliverance.15 The voice of rejoicing and deliverance Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of יהוה is doing mightily.16 The right hand of יהוה is exalted, The right hand of יהוה acts mightily.17 Let me not die, but live, And declare the works of Yah.18 Yah has punished me severely, But did not give me over to death.19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I enter through them, I thank Yah.20 This is the gate of יהוה, The righteous enter through it.21 I thank You, For You have answered me, And have become my deliverance.22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner-stone.23 This was from יהוה, It is marvellous in our eyes.24 This is the day יהוה has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it.25 I pray, O יהוה, please save us now;26 Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of יהוה!27 יהוה is Ěl, and He gave us light; Bind the festival offering With cords to the horns of the slaughter-place.28 You are my Ěl, and I praise You; You are my Elohim, I exalt You.29 Give thanks to יהוה, for He is good! For His loving-commitment is everlasting.
Little did they know during this time that this was exactly what Yeshua would do for them but not quite as they expected He would do it.
Next we will look into the betrayal and capturing of Yeshua.
Until next time.