Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Humble King

The Mount of Olives was the first place we visited in the Holy Land.  Jesus came from this direction when he entered Jerusalem riding an ass.  The tombs in the foreground would not have been there nor the gold dome of a mosque which was built much later.
The ass was an ancestor of the present day donkey, an appropriate animal for a humble king.  In Matthew's Gospel (and in Mark's) this is Jesus' first time in Jerusalem.  His reputation has preceded him.  Matthew says, "the whole city shook."  The verb he used in Greek is the same one used to indicate the effects of an earthquake.
(clicking on the picture enlarges it)

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