We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
28After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29When he had come near Bethpage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, Why are you untying it? just say this, The Lord needs it.32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, Why are you untying the colt? 34They said, The Lord needs it. 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying, Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven! 39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, Teacher, order your disciples to stop. 40He answered, I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.
Last year I asked my Sunday school class of 5-7 year olds "Now, what would you do if someone came and said they had to take your father's colt" Two answered simultaneously "I'd get my father's gun and shoot them!"
It's been suggested that his passage shows that Jesus had agents in the city and that the whole entry was a well thought out proceeding. Don't know what I think of this idea. Others have suggested it's a takeoff from some Old Testiment passage, and we don't have a clue what really happened, and never will. Don't know what I think of this idea either.
Pastor at my church preached today: what happened between Palm Sunday, when everybody shouted "Hosannah, praise the Lord," and Good Friday when they crucified him?
Answer: he went into the Temple, and overturned the money changers' tables. He upset the whole tenuous detente between the Roman overlords and the Jewish priests. He said (paraphrasing): this should be a house of worship, and you have turned it into a den of thieves.
And that started the whole arrest/trial/death trip.