The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, , at sacred-texts.com
nigh unto Jerusalem
(Mat 21:1-9); (Zac 9:9); (Zac 14:4-9). The two advents are in striking contrast.
The king's final and official offer of Himself according to (Zac 9:9). Acclaimed by an unthinking multitude whose real belief is expressed in (Mat 21:11); but with no welcome from the official representatives of the nation, He was soon to hear the multitude shout: "Crucify him."
See (Luk 19:45); (Mar 11:15-18).
Compare (Joh 2:13-25) which introduced, as this cleansing closed, the offer of Christ to Israel as King.
See (Joh 11:1); (Joh 11:2); (Luk 10:39-42).
Compare (Mar 11:1-11); (Luk 19:29-35); (Joh 12:1-8).
With no other place is the human Christ so tenderly associated, while it also was the place of manifestation of His divine power. (Joh 11:43); (Joh 11:44).
Literally, a solitary fig tree. (Luk 13:6-9). The withered fig tree is a parabolic miracle concerning Israel. (Luk 13:6-9).
Compare (Mat 24:32); (Mat 24:33);
a prophecy that Israel shall again bud.
See "vineyard," margin reference, (Mat 20:1).
(See Scofield) - (Mat 20:1).
Compare (Luk 15:20); the other perfect illustration of repentance.
(See Scofield) - (Act 17:30).
(See Scofield) - (Rom 10:10).
Jehovah. (Psa 118:23).
kingdom of God
Note that Matthew here as in (Mat 21:31) uses the larger word, kingdom of God:
Compare (See Scofield) - (Mat 6:33).
The kingdom of heaven;
(See Scofield) - (Mat 3:2).
(See Scofield) - (Co1 15:24).
will yet be set up. Meantime, the kingdom of God and his righteousness is taken from Israel nationally and given to the Gentiles. (Rom 9:30-33).
That is, national Israel, the barren vine. (Mat 21:33-41); (Isa 5:1-7).
stone shall be broken
Christ, as the "Stone", is revealed in a threefold way:
(1) To Israel Christ, coming not as a splendid monarch but in the form of a servant, is a stumbling stone and rock of offence. (Isa 8:14); (Isa 8:15); (Rom 9:32); (Rom 9:33); (Co1 1:23); (Pe1 2:8).
(2) to the church, Christ is the foundation stone and the head of the corner (Co1 3:11); (Eph 2:20-22); (Pe1 2:4); (Pe1 2:5).
(3) to the Gentile world-powers
(see "Gentiles," (Luk 21:24); (Rev 16:19)
He is to be the smiting-stone of destruction (Dan 2:34). Israel stumbled over Christ; the church is built upon Christ; Gentile world-dominion will be broken by Christ.
See "Armageddon" (Rev 16:14); (Rev 19:19).
Or, Whosoever falls on this stone shall be crushed togetherthat is, the Jews (Isa 8:14); (Rom 9:32); (Rom 9:33); (Co1 1:23)] but on whomsoever it may fall, he will be scattered as dust (Greek, "likmaō", "winnowed"), that is, the Gentile nations. (Dan 2:34); (Dan 2:35); (Dan 2:45).
(See Scofield) - (Dan 2:35).