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From: Zadok
To: All
Date: 2007-04-01 13:24:56
Subject: Palm Sunday (Failed Revolution)

From: "Zadok" <nobler{at}accesswave.ca>

In Matthew chapter 21 we have the story of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
A religionist on the radio this morning, pointed out that in reality the
entry of Jesus into Jerusalem was like a presidential motorcade, or the
procession of the English Queen to her coronation.

So, I thought we would examine this chapter.

Starting with verse, two -

2saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will
find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them
to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them,
and he will send them right away."

 4This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
 5"Say to the Daughter of Zion,
      'See, your king comes to you,
   gentle and riding on a donkey,
      on a colt, the foal of a donkey.' "[a]

 6The disciples went and did as Jesu

Notice how Jesus sends his disciples to find the donkey and colt, with the
intention of fulfilling the prophecy from Zechariah 9: 9 -

[  The Coming of Zion's King  ] Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout,
Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having
salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Notice further a couple of things. The OT version says riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

But the clowns who redacted this into Matthew's Gospel, got confused and
said both the donkey and her colt.

It really makes the whole story rather comic.

Read Matthew 21: 7 - They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their
cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.

In their confusion, and their inablility to properly read the OT, they have
Jesus sitting on both the donkey and the colt. Certainly indictative of the
general stupidity of the times.

Now, before you jump all over that, you must remember that in those days,
the general populace never got to see a bible. They were the exclusive
priviledge of the priestly class. So, it was impossible for the average
person to point out the idiocy of the stories.

Anyway, I won't delve into history too much. All you have to do is read
some Josephus, either his The Antiquities of the Jews, or The Wars of the
Jews, to know that the time was a period of unrest and revolts against
Roamn rule. The Roman Governor in turn ruled the occupied territories with
an iron fist.

Again, bible redactors have recast Pontius Pilate as this peace loving,
religiously tolerant, kind and benevolent governor, when in fact he was a
blood thristy tyrant.

So, in this period of unrest, you have this Jesus character, suddenly try
to fulfil some bible prophecy that he was the King of the Jews, and make
his big entry in Jerusalem, where the people would proclaim him King and
open the rebellion against Roman rule.

Thus fulfilling the role of the Messiah, and deliver his people from
Bondage, as Moses delibvered his people from the Egyptians.

However, Rome was not Egypt!!

Jesus was quickly arrested, and charged with sedition!!

He was tried by a Jewish council, who determined that he was a
revolutionary, and rather than endanger all the people in a revolt that
could not succeed, they turned him over to the Roman Governor, where he was
quickly tried and executed.

Roman's executed zealot revolutionaries by crucifixation, and put their
crime on the cross.

Back to Matthew 21 - verses 8-11 -

8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut
branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went
ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
   "Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!"
   "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"[c]
   "Hosanna[d] in the highest!"

 10When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who
is this?"

 11The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in
Galilee."

Got that?? A VERY LARGE CROWD proclaimed him. The whole city was stirred.

Amazing. The Romans had spies everywhere, and a man being proclaimed as the
heir of David, was a threat to their Herodian puppet Kings.

And Romans dealt with threats.

So, Jesus was executed by the Romans.

And if you read Matthew 27: 37 - His crime was listed as was the Roman custom.

READ IT!!

 37Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS,
THE KING OF THE JEWS.


Dont' get caught up in religionist bullshit.

Read the charge one more time.

 37Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS,
THE KING OF THE JEWS.

So, the revolutionary was executed, for trying to overthrow the Roman
puppet king!! That is sedition, and the penalty for sedition was
crucifixation.

The revolution failed, the leader was executed and his followers scattered.

Read Matthew 27: 55 - Many women were there, watching from a distance. They
had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.

Where were his disciples. They were hiding!! Scared for their lives.

Peter even denied his Lord three times.

Fear does that to followers, once the ring leader has been taken.

Just the facts people!!

Smile.

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