Matthew: Week 44
1. In Matthew 21:1-11 huge crowds came out of Jerusalem to welcome Jesus as he entered the city. What do you think they expected from him?
2. The cleansing of the temple and the cursing of the fig tree in 21:12-22 were certainly not what the people in Jerusalem expected. Look at each story, how does these stories confront the issue of religious hypocrisy?
3. If Jesus were to enter our city today, what hypocrisies would he confront in our community? In our church? In your life? What will you do to respond to this insight?