Now, we understand what’s happened with the Triumphant Entry. What the crowd intended, versus what Herod feared, verses what Pilate feared and hoped.
And what the Lord really intended.
The Lord now has been crowned King of Israel. The people accepted Him, entering Jerusalem. He is now the legal King of Israel. And not the Hasmoneans who currently call themselves Tetrarchs or Regis or whatever the current title Herod was preferring.
Everything from Matthew 21 through the rest of the Gospel needs to be read from this understanding – Jesus Christ is no longer the Coming King, but rather, The King. Up until now, it has been the coming King. And although in a few days the Romans would mock Him, giving Him a crown and a robe and a scepter, He is indeed the King.
The Lord does two things the day after the Triumphant entry – He curses the fig tree, and openly calls upon the Lord to glorify His own name. The Lord answers publicly.
The Saducees get their wish. The Lord addresses the temple system. It’s.. coming down.
The Pharisees get their wish as well. The Lord addresses their system. It’s cursed, in no uncertain terms. The Pharisees are described as hypocrites, blasphemers, sons of Hell.
These two events are the explanation of the withered fig tree. The Lord went to the Saducees, and the Pharisees, and found no fruit. He pronuonces judgment.
What was the parable that Jesus had given in Zacchaeus’s house? The parable of the talents. Jesus had given them responsibility. He’d placed them in charge of the garden. THey had kept the talent hidden and wrapped up, so that it was not used, not spent. They’d seen the heir and said, “Let us kill Him.”
He cast them out. He found them wanting. The Saducees would end first, with the destruction of the Temple. The Pharisees are still waiting. Their system, still in effect, will collapse as the Seventieth Week of Daniel begins with the Rapture of the Christians.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. 13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Matthew 23:11-13 (KJV)