The Bible

Matthew 21:1-11 : Listening to Jesus

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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.

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Commentary on this story:

Explanation(s) or references from Swedenborg's works:

Apocalypse Revealed 8, 81, 166, 336, 493, 612

Arcana Coelestia 2362, 2724, 2781, 2921, 6674, 9188, 9212

Divine Providence 230

Doctrine of the Lord 15

Heaven and Hell 493

True Christian Religion 129

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Easter – Who are you listening to?

In Matthew's gospel you have a choice: listening to Jesus or listening to the haters. Matthew makes it clear who is working for you, and who is working for their own power and authority. Likewise you have a choice of who you are going to listen to. Choose wisely.

(References: Arcana Coelestia 9212; Matthew 21:1-11; Zechariah 14:1-5)