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Lesson - June 3, 2018

The Triumphal Entry

Mark 11:1-11 


1 ¶  As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead.

2  “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.

3  If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it and will return it soon.’ ”

4  The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside the front door.

5  As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”

6  They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it.

7  Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it.

8  Many in the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others spread leafy branches they had cut in the fields.

9  Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,

“Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!

10  Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise God in highest heaven!”

11  So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples.


1.  Where did the events of this story take place? (11:1)


2.  What did Jesus tell His disciples to do? (11:2) How did the disciples' experience match with what Jesus said? (11:4-7)


3.  What did the people in the village do when the disciples asked to take their colt? (11:6) What did Jesus do with the colt? (11:7)


4.  Why did the people spread cloaks and branches on the road for Jesus? (11:8-10)  What does the reaction of the crowd tell us about how they interpreted Jesus' entry into Jerusalem? (11:9-10)


5.  What do you think the disciples thought about what Jesus asked them to do?  What did Jesus communicate to the crowds by riding a donkey into Jerusalem?


6. How should we imitate the disciples' example of following the Lord’s instructions?


7.  Why do you think God does not always reveal His intentions or long-range plans for us when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances?


8. What should we do when we do not understand what God is trying to accomplish in us and through us?    

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