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Jesus enters Jerusalem: Lesson 20

Posted by cherylem on June 15, 2007

Here are my notes on Lesson 20. I have enjoyed interrelating the Matthew texts with the Old Testament references. I was especially struck by the Jeremiah references. Since Jeremiah acted out many of his prophecies, it seems especially appropriate that Jesus also acts out some of his prophecies, including the condemnation of the fig tree, and the cleansing of the temple.

I appreciated Jim F’s insight about Psalm 8:2 (re Matt 21:15-16), and I’ve used this in my notes. The idea of judgment = perfecting = restoration grows stronger within me, and I have introduced this idea to the class so that when we get to the Book of Mormon, where this theme is so strong, they will have already thought about it several times, hopefully.

(I’ve made some minor revisions since my original post only a short while ago.)

Revised Jesus enters Jerusalem: lesson 20

And as mentioned in comment #2 below, here’s other links to Lesson 20


3 Responses to “Jesus enters Jerusalem: Lesson 20”

  1. Jim F. said

    As usual, Cheryl, your lesson outline looks great. Can you cover all that in one lesson, or do you include more than you can cover?

    You need not note your use of anything from my notes. They are there for people to use in whatever way they wish. Conventions of copyright and citation seem out of place when we are trying to learn together.

  2. cherylem said

    I include more than I can cover. Because of conversations we had early on on this blog, I usually try to wait until sacrament meeting (just before SS) to decide which part of the lesson to focus on, thus attempting to let the Spirit direct.

    Handing out notes like this carries a risk – well, at least two risks. 1) that people will read the notes rather than participate (this has not been much of an issue) and 2) class members will think the notes pretentious.

    Truthfully, after preparing this hard, I could teach the class easily with no notes, but the notes are part of the teaching/learning process. My hope is that class members will use the notes for their own study throughout the week (and I know some do this, at least part of the time) and secondly, that they will save the notes in a binder or something so that when they are teachers, they will have something to refer back to, to add to whatever else they have available to them. This is also the purpose of FEAST, I think.

    We teach on many levels, that way.

    And yes, I know I don’t need to mention your notes, but will probably continue to do so. It is a way of directing readers to a certain thought, and also directing people, perhaps even four years from now when the NT comes around again, and who are coming to the FEAST for the first time (and who just might have stumbled on my post first), that there is another post to look at regarding this lesson. As we’ve talked about before, FEAST does have a weakness in linking posts about a certain subject together.

    Perhaps at some point, and because right now I’m posting later than most others (this may change through the year as others have their stake conferences, ward conferences, etc. at different times) I’ll include links to all the posts that I know about on certain lessons. I’m going to do this right now for this post.

  3. cherylem said

    And continuing the thought about the discussions we had earlier (about teaching with notes/without notes . . . I know Joe S NEVER uses notes and that is the style of my son Ben McGuire), I continue to use them for the reasons above. As I said . . . it’s a risk.

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