assume that because each Gospel records
an entry of the Lord into Jerusalem the
four accounts must be identical
because they are similar:
and therefore conclude that because
they differ in certain particulars
there are "discrepancies".
if we treat them in their chronological sequences,
and have regard to the antecedent
and consequent circumstances,
the supposed discrepancies will disappear,
and the similar,
expressions will be seen to be
necessary to the different events.
In this present case,
one entry (Matthew
takes place before the other,
which is recorded in (Mark
1. In Matthew the Lord
had actually arrived at Bethphage.
In Luke He "was come nigh"
in Mark "they were approaching"
2. In Matthew the village lay just
off the road (apenanti);
in Luke and Mark it was below them,
and opposite (katenanti).
3. In the former,
two animals were sent for and used;
in the latter, only one.
4. In the former,
the prophecy of Zechariah
which required the two animals,
is said to have been fulfilled;
in the latter,
the prophecy was not said to be fulfilled,
and only so much of it is quoted
as agrees with it.
5. The former seems
to have been unexpected,
for "all the city was moved,
saying, 'Who is this?'"
while, if there was only one entry,
the two accounts are inexplicable,
seeing that the later and subsequent
entry was prepared for:
much people in the city
"heard that He was coming",
and "went forth to meet Him"
The latter, therefore,
was the great formal entry of the Lord,
called "the Triumphal Entry",
which took place on what is called
The significance of the
and the one,
seems to be this:—
The first had special
reference to the whole work of His mission.
He came on the ass with its unbroken colt,
the clothes being put some on one and some on the other,
and the Lord sitting on
(not on both beasts).
He came to cleanse the Temple,
and make His final presentation
of the King and the Kingdom.
But when He came on the
colt—it was in judgment,
to pronounce the doom on the city;
and on the nation.
When He appears again
it will be to a nation which will
then say (as the result of Zechariah
"Blessed is He that cometh
in the name of the Lord"
For the events of the
"six days before the Passover",
see Appendix 156;
and the notes on the various passages.