During the Easter season, Jesus's "triumphant entry" into Jerusalem in Matthew 21 is often highlighted. However, there is another entry in Matthew 21 that is often overlooked — Jesus's entry into the temple to cleanse it. It immediately follows Jesus's entry into Jerusalem. Chronologically, these two entries are a day apart, but thematically Matthew highlights these two events as connected narratives. Why does Matthew do this?
Today we were scheduled to spend the whole day in Jerusalem. But at breakfast, our Israeli guide informed us that he had received an email stating that the US State Dept had issued a warning against Americans being inside the old city today. Today was the Sabbath or commonly known as Shabbat, plus it was also the anniversary of the 1967 six-day war of Independence, and there was a possibility that the Muslims would "act up."