And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat on him.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
See this passage illustrated in the notes at Matthew 21:1-16.
Mr 11:1-11. Christ's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, on the First Day of the Week. ( = Mt 21:1-9; Lu 19:29-40; Joh 12:12, 19).
See on Lu 19:29-40.See Poole on "Matthew 21:8". See Poole on "Matthew 21:9". It appeareth by our Saviour sending for the colt, that this little rural triumph, and the acclamations attending it, were designed by him both to show the people:
1. That he was the King whom God had promised to set upon his holy hill of Zion; and;
2. That his kingdom was not of this world. For, as he elsewhere saith, if his kingdom had been of this world, his servants would have fought for him.
So it may be said: You may know his kingdom that he spake of was not of this world; for if it had there would have been found a more stately beast than the colt of an ass, or at least a saddle for that; the ways would have been covered with tapestry, rather than poor men’s coats and cloaks; and other heralds would have been found than a company of children and poor men, crying Hosanna. This was such a thing as would but have ridiculed a government to be afraid of, nor indeed (to give Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor at this time in Jerusalem, his due) do we find him the least disturbed, though the scribes and Pharisees, (which were the Jewish churchmen), seeing their kingdom going down, were something nettled; and though they had more modesty than to bring this little triumph in judgment against him, yet their great charge was, his declaring and making himself a King, in order to which this was the greatest show he ever made.
and cast their garments on him; their clothes to be instead of a saddle, for Christ to sit upon:
and he sat upon him; or "Jesus rode on him", as the Syriac version renders it. The Ethiopic version reads, "they made him to mount him"; that is, the disciples assisted him in getting upon it, and having mounted it, he sat on it without any trouble, though it had never been backed before, and rode on his way to Jerusalem; See Gill on Matthew 21:7.And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)7. and cast their garments on him] over both indeed (Matthew 21:7), to do Him regal honour, just as the captains “took every man his garment, and put it under Jehu on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king” (2 Kings 9:13).
he sat upon] the unused colt, while probably some of the Apostles led it by the bridle.
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